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Events and Conference

The PCC has held many events and conferences to engage with organisations who work with victims and to share best practice and learning points. Details of these events are below.

Mental Health in the Context of Domestic Abuse - October 2015

This conference was funded by the PCC and  co-hosted by the Office of the PCC and the Thames Valley Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel. The event focused on how mental health in both the victim or the offender can have an impact on how Domestic Abuse is tackled and how the victim is supported.

The conference was well attended by local agencies involved in this area of work and included speakers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), mental health services and expert professors in this field. Attendees were able to take part in table-top exercises and take home the learning to their individual agencies.

Some of the topics covered were:

  • Dispelling mental health myths
  • Personality Disorders
  • Identifying risk including high risk markers and triggers
  • How the health sector can tackle domestic abuse
  • Physical and mental health consequences
  • How CPS make charging decisions
  • How agencies work with perpetrators
  • Support services available for victims

The full agenda and all the presentations can be found by visiting 'Mental Health in the Context of Domestic Abuse'

Innovation in Supporting Victims Conference - July 2015

This conference was funded and organised by the Office of the PCC. The event was an opportunity for the services we had funded over the previous year to showcase their work and findings and also for the Office of the PCC to share key learning about supporting victims of crime. Attendees were also able to ask questions to the panels of presenters

Some of the topics covered were:

  • Supporting young victims of crime
  • Child on parent violence
  • How to support victims of exploitation and slavery
  • Recovery from serious crime
  • Counselling for victims of crime

The full agenda and all the presentations can be found by visiting 'Innovation in Supporting Victims'. 

Engagement events during commissioning process

Engagement is and will continue to be a key part of our commissioning process. A series of workshops and events were held in the Thames Valley between June 2014 to March 2015, to help prepare for local commissioning including those voluntary and community organisations which may not be familiar with competitive tendering processes and to consult on service specifications. The workshops:

  • Provided up-to-date information on transitional grant-funding and commissioning arrangements
  • Offered practical advice and resources to support participation in the bidding process
  • Facilitated partnership-working between organisations, where appropriate 
  • Enabled a two-way dialogue with the PCC, informing the commissioning approach

These events were free of charge, organised by Citadel Policy & Communications Ltd on behalf of the PCC.

 In addition, a half-day workshop to help organisations in the forthcoming tendering exercise to deliver specialist victims' services across the Thames Valley was also held.

The presentations and papers from these engagement workshops can be found on our commissioning pages