Isle of Wight Council

Domestic Abuse - Professionals

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Here you will find information about our annual VAWG Conference, which we hold in November, as well as details of the various other events we attend across the island.

Isle of Wight VAWG Conference 2017 - 22 November 2017, Riverside Centre, Newport

The theme this year was 'Coercive Control', and featured speakers from Wight-DASH, Aurora New Dawn, Hampshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service. In the afternoon, the Certain Curtain Theatre Company performed their play 'Lady in Red'. This award-winning play looks at one woman's attempts to leave an abusive relationship and the barriers she faces. It helps the audience to finally answer the age old question 'Why doesn't she just leave?' which remains the main obstacle to many people fully understanding the true nature of domestic violence. It explores the whole relationship from the warning signs, through pregnancy, the barriers to seeking help and covers all aspects of domestic violence with a particular focus on the emotional and psychological abuse, coercive control and its effects.

Please find below presentation slides from the event:

Fiona Gwinnett - Wight DASH: please click here for slides (PDF, 8 pages, 195KB).

Mark Coulter - Mencentric: please click here for slides (PDF, 31 pages, 716KB).

DI Scott MacKechnie - Hampshire Constabulary: please click here for slides (PDF, 21 pages, 1.17MB).

WOW Centre: please click here for slides (PDF, 15 pages, 2.76KB).

Certain Curtain Theatre Company: please click here for 'Lady in Red' flyer (PDF, 2 pages, 245KB).

Tim Cole - Crown Prosecution Service: please click here for slides (PDF, 25 pages, 376KB).

Lucy Kay - Aurora New Dawn: please click here for slides (PDF, 9 pages, 355KB).

Isle of Wight VAWG Conference 2016 - 30 November 2016, Riverside, Newport

We are delighted that the inaugural VAWG Conference with a Domestic Homicide theme went so well. The main hall at the Riverside Centre was just about full to capacity and, from the feedback sheets and conversations on the day, delegates found the presentations extremely informative and, on occasion, moving. The speakers were excellent and kept the attention of the audience throughout. To read the full report for the event, please click here (PDF, 393KB, 4 pages).

The speakers from the day have also very kindly allowed us to distribute their presentation slides:

Tim Rowlandson - Hampshire Constabulary - to view slides please click here (PDF, 1.44MB, 15 pages)

Nick Gazzard - Hollie Gazzard Trust - to view slides, please click here (PDF, 2.62MB, 32 pages)

Zoe Lodrick - Psychotherapist - to view slides, please click here (PDF, 313KB, 15 pages)

  • To view Zoe's YouTube video on The Effects of Long-Term Physical and Sexual Abuse, please click here (this will take you to an external site).

Celia Jeffries - Barnardos - to view slides, please click here (PDF, 478KB, 20 pages)

Fiona Gwinnett - Wight-DASH - to view slides, please click here (PDF, 333KB, 17 pages)

We are already looking forward to next years event, so if you have any comments or queries, please get in touch via the 'contact us' tab above!