• Claire Verney

Speaking at AAFDA for #16 Days of Action

DV-ACT's clinical manager, Dr Ruth Phillips, to speak at Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse to support VAWG's 16 days of action.

Claire Verney Director of DV-ACT
DV-ACT is pleased to support the annual 16 days of action by speaking at AAFDA's event

Who is Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA)?

AAFDA are an independent charity providing vital specialist expert advocacy and peer support to families and friends bereaved by domestic homicide, domestic abuse-related suicides and unexplained deaths. They work on behalf of families and friends to ensure their loved one's voice is heard. They also offer training, information, guidance and advice to professionals involved in cases of fatal domestic abuse. To find out more you can visit AAFDA's website at https://aafda.org.uk/

What are the 16 days of activism about?

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to raise awareness and generate action to end violence against women and girls in communities around the world. The campaign kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The 16 days campaign was started by activists at the first Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and this year marks its 30th anniversary. Over 6000 organizations in approximately 187 countries have participated in the Campaign since 1991, reaching approximately 300 million people.

This year’s global campaign theme “Orange the World: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NOW!” will involve all UNITE networks, civil society and women’s rights organizations, the UN system, the Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence, government partners, schools, universities, private sector, sports clubs and associations and individuals to:

  • Advocate for inclusive, comprehensive and long-term strategies, programmes and resources to prevent and eliminate VAWG in public and private spaces.

  • Amplify the success stories demonstrating that VAWG is preventable.

  • Promote the leadership of women and girls from global to local levels.

  • Engage Generation Equality Forum commitment makers in individual countries and regions to collaborate in the implementation of bold new commitments and to inspire further action.

Read the concept note.

Why do we need it?

According to the latest estimates, nearly 1 in 3 women aged 15 years and older, around the world have been subject to physical or sexual violence by a partner, non-partner or both, at least once in their lifetime. This level of violence has remained largely unchanged over the last ten years and these numbers do not include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or the full range of violence that affect women and girls including sexual harassment, online abuse, harmful practices and sexual exploitation.

Early research indicates that COVID-19 has exacerbated all the risk factors for VAWG, including unemployment and poverty. It is estimated that 11 million girls may not return to school because of COVID-19, thereby increasing the risk of child marriage, domestic abuse and exploitation. The economic fallout is also expected to push 47 million more women and girls into extreme poverty.

What will DV-ACT be speaking about?

Dr Phillips has many years experience of direct work with victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse in treatment and assessment roles. She will be speaking about how domestic homicide reviews have informed the risk indicators used to assess the future risk of harm from perpetrators towards victims and their children. The effectiveness of domestic abuse treatment programmes and their impact on risk will also be discussed.

About us

DV-ACT are a team of domestic abuse experts, available throughout the UK, who provide assessments, programmes, consultancy and training to local authorities and the family courts. Our experts have decades of experience working directly with domestic abuse perpetrators and victims, as specialist assessors and as expert witnesses in the family courts.

​DV-ACT was formed with the aim of using our expertise to help safeguard children from abuse, this is at the heart of everything that we do. To read more about us please visit our post - Who are DV-ACT?