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Domestic Abuse Conference 2022 brings together almost 100 professionals

Picture by Gareth Jones

After a two-year break, the Morecrofts Domestic Abuse Conference returned in June, welcoming a delegation of almost 100 people from multiple agencies.

The multi-agency event aims to inform and inspire delegates from a wide range of professional backgrounds with the latest updates on professional practices around domestic abuse and how best to support victims.

Head of Morecrofts’ domestic abuse and family matrimonial team, Julie Waring, said: “We were delighted with the turnout for the conference this year. We considered running it as a virtual event, but decided that, with such an important subject, being in a room with colleagues would be much more beneficial. It seems lots of people agree with this, as delegate numbers were the same as those pre-pandemic.”

Speakers included Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell, tech abuse manger at Refuge, Emma Pickering and Anne Doyle, who is leading on implementing the new statutory duties for Liverpool City Council as set out in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

We also welcomed Charlotte Stenhouse form Torus Regeneration Group, who supported the conference this year. Charlotte manages the group’s response to tackling domestic abuse, aiming to ensure that Torus tenants receive the same support when at risk of domestic abuse, regardless of postcode as well as managing the Refuge accommodation in St Helens, and St Helens commissioned specialist Domestic Abuse service, Safe2Speak.

Karen Senogles from Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse also spoke as well as abuse survivor Natasha Saunders, who told her harrowing and brave story.