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Domestic Abuse and Coercion

Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour on the part of the abuser designed to control his partner. It can happen at any point in a relationship, including after you have split up.

Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Many soroptimist clubs support the work of the refuges.

Special Domestic Violence Courts project:  


Specialist Domestic Violence Courts report – Midlands (1)


White Ribbon UK

is part of the global White Ribbon movement to end male violence against women.  It works to end male violence against women by engaging with men and boys, raising awareness, influencing change and providing resources to make change happen. White Ribbon UK encourages everyone and especially men and boys to make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

Virtual Study Day 3 July 2021

The morning session based on Domestic Abuse was successful.  

Biographies of Speakers:

Nicole Jacobs—Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales.

Since her appointment to the role of Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales in September 2019, Nicole has begun energetically putting her 20 plus years of experience in domestic abuse policy and intervention to work, driving improvements to transform the response to domestic abuse in    England and Wales. She is committed to championing victims and survivors of all ages, status, and backgrounds, and to shining a light on practises that fail them.

Session Are you influential?  Get your voice heard in UK Parliament

Guided by Rachael Dodgson Senior Education & Engagement Officer and her  colleagues to give you a rich understanding of UK democracy.  Attendees developed a deep understanding of how to raise the issues which mean the most to them:

  • How can they take action?
  • What tools help influence debates, decisions, and legislation?
How can you build relationships with MPs and Lords?
This session was centred on domestic abuse and the recent domestic abuse bill and ongoing actions.

Lorely Burt of Solihull

is a Liberal Democrat life peer, speaking on numerous subjects but mainly in the areas of women, small business, diversity and inclusion.

The full programme  is below:


Nicole Jacobs (Domestic Abuse Commissioner) Presentation:

Domestic Abuse Commissioner Slide Deck Presentation June 2021 Soropotomist event

UKPAC Study Day Chat Box links provided by Parliamentary Outreach

Useful Contacts for Petitions etc


17 April 2021

The morning session based on Modern Day Slavery successfully went ahead as planned. 

The afternoon session based on Domestic Violence of the Study Day on Saturday 17 April 2021 was postponed to Saturday 3 July 2021.  The Parliamentary Outreach team was unable to deliver their session, due to the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  This was beyond the control of UKPAC.  Please use the link that you have already received for admission to Saturday 3 July 2021 Event, the login will be open at 9.30am and the session will start at 9.55am.


Biographies of Speakers

Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM

Dame Sara Thornton is the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner responsible for encouraging good practice in the prevention and detection of modern slavery including the identification of victims. She was Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police from 2007-2015 and the first Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council from 2015-2019. She is chair of the National Leadership Centre’s Advisory Board and an Honorary Air Commodore in the Royal Air Force. She is Honorary Professor in Modern Slavery at the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, University of Liverpool

Ben Brewster — Rights Lab Nottingham Research Fellow in Modern Slavery Perpetration  Dr. Ben Brewster works as part of the Rights Lab’s Communities and Society Programme. His Nottingham Research Fellowship focuses on the role of online social spaces and computer-mediated-communication in the facilitation of   modern slavery, including the role that digital platforms themselves can play in prevention and discovery. He is also currently conducting UKRI-funded research into the implications of COVID-19 on Child Criminal Exploitation through the County Lines drug supply model.

Dr. Phil Northall (Sociology and Social Policy) works as part of the Rights Lab Communities and Society Programme to understand and advance local responses to modern slavery. This includes work to build a slavery-resilient cities index that takes an asset-based approach to understanding how communities become slavery-free and slavery-proof. It also includes close collaboration with multi-agency partnerships on testing and evaluating transferable local responses to the structural issues that create vulnerabilities to exploitation and slavery.

Rights Lab: The Rights Lab delivers research to help end modern slavery. They are the world’s largest group of modern slavery researchers, and home to many leading  modern slavery experts. Through our five research programmes, they deliver new and cutting-edge research that provides rigorous data, evidence and discoveries for the global antislavery effort. The impact team provides an interface between the Rights Lab research programmes and civil society, business and government, and the INSPIRE project elevates survivor-informed research as a key part of knowledge  production to help end slavery.  The goal of ending slavery is ambitious. But in the Rights Lab believes that by working together as part of the global antislavery community, they can achieve evidence-based strategies for ending slavery by 2030.


Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM –

UKPAC Study Day Presentation Dame Sara Thornton[3093]


Dr Phil Northall Dr Ben Brewster Notts University –

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