Domestic Abuse Webinar: Thursday 9th July, 7pm-8pm

25th June 2020

Our Hidden in Plain Sight Webinars bring together local people and voluntary sector experts to share the insights from organisations that are now facing a surge in demand for their services.

Together, we can learn how we can support Surrey’s most vulnerable.

Thursday 9th July

7pm-8pm via Zoom

It’s FREE to join us!

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Please note, the webinar will also be recorded for those who can’t attend and a link to the recording will be available on our website shortly afterwards, so please do check back!

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, the Government declared lockdown. For most of us lockdown has been a challenging time, but mainly one of safety – for victims of domestic abuse, it’s been a time of grave danger.

An issue already prevalent in Surrey, with an estimated 21,400 female victims of domestic abuse in our county prior to the crisis, we invite you to join us and hear from one brave survivor, sharing just one story from the many victims and families now seeking refuge from abusive partners.

In the first of our series of Webinars, Community Foundation for Surrey Chair, Jim Glover OBE DL (former High Sheriff of Surrey and a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Surrey) will be in discussion with:

  • Kerry, Domestic Abuse Survivor and Campaigner who works with other survivors nationally to bring about positive change.
  • Michelle Blunsom MBE, Chief Executive, East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services

Michelle has worked for over 17 years supporting thousands of victims of domestic abuse and their families from across Surrey. As the lead provider for Surrey Outreach services, she is responsible for making sure survivors have access to advice and support in order to break the cycle of abuse and help to rebuild their lives. Michelle has worked closely with Surrey Police to train officers and staff in using legislation to tackle domestic abuse, and has been very influential in improving victim care and procedures that are widely used.

 

  • Lisa Herrington, Head of Policy and Commissioning, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey

Lisa is Head of Policy and Commissioning for Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Munro. She leads the PCC’s commissioning strategy and heads up a team focused on the policy areas of criminal justice, community safety and victims of crime.

Having worked in policing for nearly 16 years, she has a broad range of experience at both a local and national level, including leading the communication of major organisational change. Throughout Lisa’s career with the OPCC, she has used her knowledge and skill as a communicator to secure significant additional funding from central government for specialist victim services in Surrey, including for those affected by domestic abuse.

If you are interested in learning more, please do join us to help us better understand how together we can be part of something much bigger, and enable lasting change for our communities.

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