A national conference, funded by FiMT, and co-organised with the Royal British Legion and other partners, is being held in Birmingham on Monday 23 March 2020.
The aim of the conference is to share insights from new research undertaken within the Armed Forces community into domestic violence and abuse (DVA) and explore how we can advance methods used to improve the support offered to serving and ex serving personnel and their families.
The conference will include the following:
• Findings from the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) funded project by Dr. Emma Williamson from the University of Bristol
• Findings from the Kings College London project undertaken by Professor Deirdre MacManus
• The launch of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Domestic Violence Working Group’s DVA and Armed Forces Strategy in 2018
Both the MOD strategy and the Williamson report highlight the need for three improvements:
• Improved national co-ordination
• Better communication between the military and specialist DVA sectors
• Local networking between military and DVA services
The day includes presentations from researchers, talks from practitioners, and the perspectives of survivors themselves. It will be interactive and encourage better cross support provision for families.