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UCLan, School of Social Work, Care and Community

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 from 16:00 to 17:30 (BST)

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Domestic violence and the political agenda: looking back and looking forward

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Candidate for Labour party and Research Manager, Respect: Men & Women Working Together to End Domestic Violence’

 

This seminar is also being offered as a webinar at 4pm on 25 June.  To access go to: http://breeze01.uclan.ac.uk/r1549ty0cel/

The location of this seminar has changed from Brook Building room 8 to the TVI Lecture Theatre of Adelphi Building

 

In this talk we will explore the sometimes challenging relationship between activists, researchers and politicians in achieving social change, using domestic violence as an example.

In my lifetime legal rights for protection in intimate relationships have gone from nowhere to high up the political agenda. In my own case I worked closely with politicians of all parties during the 1990s to help bring about significant legal and other changes to protection from domestic violence. Now I am facing the increasingly likely prospect of becoming an MP next year with the potential to help bring about change in that role. In this seminar I will address and facilitate some discussion on the following questions, amongst others:

  • How should activists grapple with the political process?

     What examples are there of good and ineffective practice in lobbying for change?

     What examples are there of the most effective use of evidence from research and practice to make the case for legal change?

     What has been the significance of party policies on domestic violence in general elections in the past twenty years and what might it be at the next one?

  • How can activists and researchers collaborate with sympathetic political actors without losing independence?

     What difference does having more female MPs make to the process?

     What counts as evidence and how could politicians make more effective use of it?

 

Thangam Debbonaire has 25 years of experience at local, national and international levels of working to end domestic violence and other gender-based violence and to promote gender equality. She has done that through activism, research, practice, policy making and training as well as writing ground breaking resources and toolkits for use in schools and elsewhere. For the last 7 years she has been National Research Manager at Respect, the UK organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators and with male victims. She is also a parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, where she lives. If elected in 2015 she hopes to help to continue her work to eradicate gender based violence and promote gender equality through parliamentary activity.

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Adelphi Building, TVI Lecture Theatre

PR1 7AY Preston
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 from 16:00 to 17:30 (BST)


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UCLan School of Social Work, Care and Community organises NoWDoc with partner universities across the North West. For more details please vist our website www.nowdoc.net.

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