News from RtR

Here is news of an interesting theatre show playing in Oxford this week. Here is what was sent to us:

I work for a dance theatre company — we have a show called Smack That (a conversation) which is going to be at Oxford Playhouse next week. And I thought the show might be of interest to your staff and clients?

Please find below more information on dance theatre show 'Smack That (a conversation)' by Rhiannon Faith which will be at:

Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio, Thursday 25 April 2019, 7.30pm  

We had the following email from our good friends at Deaf Hope. Here is what this great service can offer:

Our good friends and DA Champs at A2 Dominion want to share their initiative and ask for your vote to help secure some funding- here is a message from Luke:

A2 Dominion's Domestic Abuse service have been shortlisted for a “dragons’ den” style event for a chance to win a share of £100k, which we would use to increase our helpline and access service in West Berks.

The last few months has seen a veritable explosion in the number of trainers we now have across many of our areas. They are DA Champs and come from a wide variety of busy agencies but volunteer to help their area spread awareness of the issues around domestic abuse. 

This came from our trusty IDVA Manager who registered us with Smile Amazon- thanks Trish.

If you can't make our conference on May 14, West Berkshire Safer Communities Partnership is hosting a Lunch and Learn session ("Working with people of faith: Jesus, Banksy & the Railway Arms") that day in the Council Chamber,  West Berkshire Council Market Street Offices, from 12.30-13.30.

We often get requests and queries from researchers and we appreciate being able to help increase knowledge around domestic abuse. Here is one that sounds like something many of you may help with - please respond if you can help:

Louisa McMahon is a doctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield researching domestic abuse in male same-sex relationships, who is looking to interview professionals from across the broad domestic violence and abuse sector who have any experience in working with, or knowledge base of, male same-sex domestic abuse. Her research is funded by the School of Law, The University of Sheffield and has received ethical approval from the University Research Ethics Committee.

We have been very busy at Reducing the Risk this month with our training of new trainers to deliver our programme in both Oxfordshire and Slough.

The Oxon trainers will shortly be delivering courses across Oxfordshire and we are very excited as plans are developed as to how this will be administered and managed.

The new trainer pool in Slough will be agreeing dates and venues in the next few weeks too - so watch this space for details of new courses in these areas. 

We're pleased to announce that we've organised a conference with the theme ‘Showcasing contemporary good practice and tackling domestic abuse’ on May 14, 2019 at Unipart House, Garsington Road, Oxford, OX4 2GQ between 13.00 and 16.00.

Please feel free to share this email with any community safety/DA leads/partners/links you have that you think would be interested in hearing about domestic abuse initiatives, it would be great to get some new areas on board.

This will be an exciting opportunity to hear about innovative and contemporary approaches to tackling domestic abuse and will provide an opportunity to:

  • Understand the impact of Domestic Abuse Champions via the findings from research
  • Hear about implementing interventions and sustainability
  • Learn from outstanding practice in supporting the victims of domestic abuse
  • Self-assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve the recognition and response to domestic abuse

A detailed agenda will be circulated nearer to the time of the event but we are thrilled to announce that the following speakers have confirmed:

Amanda Bunn is an independent researcher with expertise in researching social initiatives and outcomes

Dr Jane Monckton Smith is a senior lecturer in criminology with the University of Gloucester with nationally recognised expertise in research and analysis of dynamics and risk assessment in relation to DA perpetrators and DA homicide.

Dawn Hodson is the NSPCC's Development Manager and has particular expertise in developing and working with local authorities to implement new evidence based models in relation to child protection and graded care . 

Shonagh Dillon is the Chief Executive Officer of Aurora New Dawn and has worked in the Violence against Women sector for over 20 years.

Tickets are free but please ensure you let us know if you book a ticket and then need to cancel.

To reserve your place visit Eventbrite.

Well we have been very busy over the past few months and so have our new pools of DA Champion Trainers. We thought we should update you all:


Jason and his team in Torbay are just starting to deliver the training around Torquay and Paigton. New dates are now listed on our Upcoming Training webpage.


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