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Domestic Abuse Conference 2020

March 5 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Domestic Abuse Conference 2020 will take place at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 St Nicholas Place, Liverpool L3 1QW, on Thursday 5th March from 8.30am – 5.00pm.

This full day multi-agency conference will educate, inform and inspire delegates as well as provide insight into a cross section of professional practices relating to domestic abuse.

With a stellar speaker list, the event is a must for those who deal with or come across domestic abuse in their professional lives.

Delegates to previous conferences have included police, NHS employees, social workers, solicitors, local authorities, school employees and housing associations.

It is also an excellent opportunity to network and make new contacts.

Breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments are fully included in the ticket price.

Speakers for this year’s conference include:

David Challen, (Keynote speaker)

David is a domestic abuse campaigner and keynote speaker. In February of this year, he successfully campaigned to free his mother Sally Challen from prison in a landmark appeal recognising the lifetime of coercive control she suffered from her husband.

David campaigns against violence against women, recognising women’s experiences in the criminal justice system and healthy/unhealthy relationships.

David is a Prison Advice and Care Trust Ambassador (PACT) and a Freedom Programme Ambassador.

Judge Marilyn Mornington

Highly experienced Family Law Judge Marilyn Mornington became one of the UK’s youngest female judges when she took up the role aged 40.

Having recently retired from sitting full time, Marilyn is known for her instrumental contribution to positive changes in practice and procedures, which are used used to address domestic abuse. She acknowledges there is still much to do in the field and continues in her mission.

Marilyn is a contributor to several publications, including ‘Abuse Of Vulnerable Adults’ by Jackie Pritchard. She is also a regular contributor to media documentaries, such as the BBC Asian Network documentary on honour killing, ‘Love, Honour & Obey’.

Frank McGuire, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, AFBPS

Dr Frank McGuire is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Strategic Consultant in the development of clinical care and service development. He is a nationally recognised expert in the provision of trauma informed care and provides training and consultation for health and criminal justice services across the U.K. His work focuses on a systemic understanding of the development and maintenance of adversity and abusive behaviour within families.

He is the clinical lead for the development of a new model of adult secure care across the Cheshire and Merseyside region. He has extensive experience in working with individuals with a history of trauma and adversity across the lifespan. He previously led a number of child and adolescent services working with vulnerable and complex children and families, many of whom were young offenders or looked after children. He is currently leading the trust wide implementation of systemic trauma informed care across Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. He leads a specialist personality disorder service working in partnership with probation and criminal justice organisations. He provides teaching and training to a wide range of professionals from criminal justice education, health and social care on the enduring impact of early adversity and trauma on the development of personality and mental wellbeing.

Charles Millett, Employment Law Partner, Morecrofts Solicitors

Charles specialises in mental health in the workplace, in particular dealing with vulnerable employees. He advises employers on legal matters when talking to employees about sensitive subjects, such as home life affecting an employee in the workplace. This may include how an employer can approach staff if they have concerns, or what an employer should do if an employee approaches them raising a personal domestic abuse issue.

Lady in Red – Certain Curtain

Lady in Red is a critically acclaimed professional theatre production by Certain Curtain Theatre Company. The short play is centred around one woman’s attempts to leave an abusive relationship, shedding light on the power, control and abuse that occurs in domestic violence. Certain Curtain Theatre Company tours the country with the performance, this being the first time it has been shown in Liverpool.


For more information please email Ami-lee Price at alp@morecrofts.co.uk


March 5
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre 2 St Nicholas Place, Princes Dock, Liverpool L3 1QW