Events Q&A – Respect newsletter August 2017

Name: Julia Hawkins

Job title: Membership, Training and Events Officer

Surprising fact about you: I speak four languages

What’s your favourite part of running Respect events?:

The amazing thing about running Respect Events is that we get professionals coming from everywhere around the country.

It becomes an amazing hub of national knowledge where we have specialist practitioners, service managers, commissioners, and a range of partners from the broader coordinated community response committed to ending domestic abuse in one room.

We have expert guest speaking and leading workshops from the UK and beyond. Put this all together, you have a powerful and inspiring mix of people learning from and sharing with each other.

What Respect events have you run recently?:

The last event we ran was the national working with perpetrator conference Perpetrators: Innovations in practice and policy. This was one of our most successful events to date which sold out and had an incredible range of themes and topics presented by speakers and the workshops.

For example, at this event we had Professor Liz Kelly present on the on-going lessons since Mirabal, and Dr Polly Radcliffe from King’s College London speaking on treatment approaches for men in substance abuse rehabilitation who also perpetrate intimate partner violence.

Our workshop topics were so rich and varied, from working with women who use intimate partner violence, to exploring challenges and opportunities specialist organisations face when developing a pilot with non-specialist partners, and looking at work with perpetrators in honour based cultures.

The event has a bit of everything from research, to partnership working, and practice. It truly is an incredible day networking with such inspirational peers.

What Respect events are coming up?:

The next event we have coming up is Working with Young People – Making a Difference on 19th September 2017.

The event will highlight new approaches to:

  • Adolescent to parent and carer violence
  • Trauma informed work with young people
  • Violence and abuse from adopted young people
  • Supporting parents affected by young people’s violence and abuse
  • Working with young people with sexually harmful behaviour

What part of the Respect Young People’s event are you most excited about?:

I am excited about all of it! You can see a link to the full agenda here.

Some highlights we have are Great Behaviour Breakdown Instructors Zach Gomm and Denise Golding sharing their therapeutic approach to working with troubled young people and Doireann Larkin from Tender will be talking about arts based approaches to tackling domestic abuse.

We will have workshops on working with young fathers using abusive behaviours, and a look at non-violent resistance parenting approach.

It is set to be a fantastic day for practitioners and managers alike for improving practice and networking with experts in the field.

Who are Respect events suitable for?:

This event is great for all those working with young people’s violence and abuse in familial and intimate relationships. Particularly professionals in social work, youth offending teams, family support, parenting,  education, domestic abuse and those developing responses to young people who are a risk to others.

How can people get involved in Respect events?:

We are always wanting to know what is happening out there and want to learn from you. So if you have any interesting work, research, or policy developments you are involved in and would like to share this in our events as a speaker or a workshop, do get in touch with me via email. I would love to have a chat!

How can people book tickets for Respect events?:

Booking for Respect events (as well as training) is online only: quick, easy and secure, with a range of payment options. If you would like to book onto our Young People event, do so here.

We also have our next national Perpetrator Event coming up on 8th November 2017. Find out more here.

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