Transforming Domestic Abuse Conference Report

Conference Report

A report from Transforming Domestic Abuse Conference

LGBT DAF’s first conference, Transforming Domestic Abuse took place in London on the 22nd September 2012. The conference was hosted in partnership with Gendered Intelligence, Gender Matters, Broken Rainbow and Galop and invited all who had an interest in improving services to trans* survivors of domestic abuse to come along.

The aim of the conference was to improve domestic abuse service provision for trans communities by sharing best practice, new research and to pool expertise held by sector organisations, activists and trans* people.

The overarching themes demanded that expertise was sourced from around the UK.  Speakers and participants came from Scotland,Birmingham, Brighton,Northampton, Darlington and, although the day was focused on service provision in London, many delegates found that the knowledge gained on the day was  transferable to organisations working throughout the UK.

Presentations with Power-point from speakers are available to download here:

-         Professor Catherine Donovan:  Trans Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA):

Considering the Barriers to Help-Seeking

-         Amy Roch:  Research from Scottish Transgender Alliance and Scotland LGBT Domestic Abuse Project

Experience of young trans* survivors

-         Chelsey Bailey: Gender Matters

Supporting Trans survivors

-         Cat Everett and Catherine Bewley:
Galop: supporting survivors of sexual and domestic abuse

There were three workshops running throughout the day. 

1)      What’s working? What isn’t working?

Led by Laura Fox (Activist) and Wendy Wilde (Broken Rainbow)

This workshop identified gaps in service provision for trans* survivors. A copy of Barking and Dagenham’s “Domestic Violence. A Resource for trans people”; was distributed to all conference participants.  I can confirm that post-conference, LGBT DAF have been given consent go to redraft this document based on feedback from this workshop. On completion, the new publication will be circulated as 2nd edition, PDF and downloadable free of charge via our website. The second draft will be circulated to all those who attended the conference.

2)   What to do, what not to do.

Led by Emma Roebuck (GADD) and James Rowlands (MARAC Development Officer, CAADA)

The focus of this workshop was to look at the current risk assessment tools and to test how they applied to trans* people. At the conference, there was also a power and control wheel where participants were able to add comments and suggestions for consideration.  A list of risks is being finalised and will be circulated to those who took part in the workshop, for further clarification. It is our preference to circulate guidance on interpreting professional opinion when completing the CAADA risk assessment.

3)      Trans* survivors’ voice, shouting in the most effective places.

Led by Michelle Ross (THT) and Catherine Bewley (Galop)   (both also from CliniQ)

The focus of the workshop was to understand the barriers trans* survivors face when reaching out for help and responding to feedback/research/consultation requests. A full summery of the workshop is available to download here, along with the Shine resource, produced by Galop, which details what steps need to be taken to make a service trans* inclusive.

Running alongside our conference was a survey which asked trans* people to describe what a perfect service would be like. Results and analysis are available here.