Manchester conference – June 2022


Understanding and responding to Polish women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse in the UK

Manchester 16.06.2022

Findings from the first study to document Polish women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse in the UK will be presented at the national conference in Manchester on the 16th of June 2022. There will also be two workshops led by practitioners who support Polish victims of domestic abuse.

The event is aimed at practitioners from domestic violence and abuse, health and social services who work with Polish and other Eastern European communities, to support them in their roles and practice.

 Conference programme: 

9.30 – 10.00: Guests registering and arriving

10.00 – 10.30: Welcome and introductions  – Consul General of Republic of Poland; Second Speaker (tbc).

10.30 – 11.00: Domestic violence and abuse in Poland: Understanding the service and policy landscape. Guest speakers from Poland:  Maja Kuzmicz (Blue Line/ NIebieska Linia, Warsaw); Urszula Nowakowska (Womens Rights Centre, Warsaw, tbc)

11.00 – 11.30 – Survivors’ voices

11.30 – 11.45 – Coffee break

11.45 – 13.00: Polish women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse: Findings from the first UK study (Dr Iwona Zielinska, Prof Sundari Anitha, Dr Michael Rasell and Dr Ros Kane)

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch and networking

14.00 – 14.45: Workshop 1 – How to maximise your effectiveness when working with Polish clients – cultural aspects affecting engagement and best practice – Ewa Wilcock and Agnieszka Tenteroba

14.45 – 15.00: Coffee break

15.00 – 15.45: Workshop 2 – “I am scared that social services will take my children” – Polish clients experiences of working with social services  – Iwona Nowakowska and Joanna Jandula

15.45 – 16:00: Conference close

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