The Surviving Process: Effective Interventions Through a Survivor’s Journey

Leaving an abusive relationship is often described as a process rather than a single act but what does this mean exactly? How can we help rather than hinder this process? What do survivors say makes a service effective for them? This seminar will examine these questions, focusing on how to strengthen and improve engagement and to reduce ‘revolving door’ cases. Drawing on various models and academic literature, participants will be provided with practical skills to support survivors in their journey to an abuse-free life.

By the end of the session delegates will have:

  • Developed their understanding of the different stages abused women may go through when seeking help
  • Increased their understanding of effective engagement and retention of engagement
  • Increased their skills of how to tailor their interventions to provide effective support
  • Identified areas for development in their services

The facilitator: Davina James-Hanman is an independent Violence Against Women Consultant. She was formerly the Director of AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) for 17 years (1997-2014), which she took up following five years at L.B. Islington as the first local authority Domestic Violence Co-ordinator in the UK (1992-97). From 2000-08, she had responsibility for developing and implementing the first London Domestic Violence Strategy for the Mayor of London.

She has worked in the field of violence against women for over three decades in a variety of capacities including advocate, campaigner, conference organiser, crisis counsellor, policy officer, project manager, refuge worker, researcher, trainer and writer. She has published innumerable articles and three book chapters and formerly acted as the Department of Health policy lead on domestic violence (2002-03). She was also a Lay Inspector for HMCPSI (2005-10). Davina has also authored a wide variety of original resources for survivors. She acted as the Specialist Adviser to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour’ based violence (2007-08) and Chairs the Accreditation Panel for Respect, the national body for domestic violence perpetrator programmes.

From 2008-09 she was seconded to the Home Office to assist with the development of the first national (England & Wales) Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. Davina was also a member of the NICE Groups which developed the domestic violence recommendations and subsequently the NICE Quality Standards.

Current projects include a range of quality assurance and standards development work, evaluations of innovative projects, organising the European Conference on Domestic Violence and Domestic Homicide Reviews. Davina is also an Associate Tutor at the National College of Policing and a Trustee of both Women in Prison and the Centre for Women’s Justice.

Event typeSeminar
Time10.00am – 1.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)
VenueThe Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR
Cost£50 statutory sector/£25 voluntary sector

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Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2013, 82 women and 12 children and young people contacted Women's Aid for the first time (SWA 2013)

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