Violence against women and girls conference success!

Dr Orlanda Harvey
Dr Lou Oliver
14th July 2023

new report by the Soroptimists UK, which found that urgent improvements are needed to Special Domestic Abuse Courts if they are to provide the intended protection and support to victims of domestic abuse. The report by the was one of the subjects discussed at the Violence Against Women and Girls: Social Justice in Action conference, organised and hosted by the Soroptimist Bournemouth Club and BU’s Centre for Seldom Heard Voices on 29th June.

At the conference, the Soroptimists explained their recommendations detailed in their report to address these systemic flaws. The conference included talks and workshops from Dr Liz Dominey from the Soroptimists Bournemouth Club; Sarbjit Athwal, founder of charity True Honour; BU’s Chancellor, Kate Adie CBE; Paula Harriott, Head of Prisoner Engagement at the Prison Reform Trust; Jamie Fletcher and three of his students; Dr Kari Davies; and Dr Louise Oliver and Hannah Gurr. It was also supported by Tina Symington, Community Safety Manager, Housing & Communities Directorate BCP.

Dr Harvey said, “the feedback from the conference was incredibly positive. The Soroptimists and university team are looking to create network of local professionals to work together to continue the collaboration”.

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Meet the author(s)

Dr Orlanda Harvey

Senior lecturer in Social Work
Orlanda is a senior lecturer in the Social Work Team, specialising in Developing Professional Relationships and Leadership. She completed her doctoral research in 2020 exploring men's recreational use of Androgenic Anabolic Steroid Use. Her research interests include: Image and Performance Enhancing Substance Use, Domestic Violence and Abuse, leadership, and reflective practice.
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Dr Lou Oliver

Senior lecture
Louise is a senior lecturer with the social work team, teaching on both the qualifying and post-qualifying programmes. Louise is a qualified social worker who has predominantly worked in children's and families within local authorities.
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