A Painful Silence: bringing domestic violence into conversation
Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is a violation of human rights that kills over 140 women a year in the UK alone, and causes lasting damage to the physical and mental health of tens of thousands more.
Though featured in the media on occasion, for example the recent storyline in Radio 4’s The Archers, DVA is still invisible to many doctors, nurses, friends and family of those experiencing it. Even when visible, there is often a reluctance to talk about what is happening.
This panel will explore the pain and painful silence of survivors of DVA and discuss how we can start to break that silence and encourage families who experience DVA to seek appropriate help and support.
The panel is comprised of survivors of domestic violence and abuse plus Lucy Downes from Next Link Domestic Abuse Services and University of Bristol researchers Gene Feder, Jayne Bailey, and Alison Gregory, who are working in the DVA field.
Image credit: Jemma D via flickr.
The venue has ramped access and wide aisled toilet at the front of the building. There is also a hearing induction loop installed. If you require the hearing induction loop please email us at least one week in advance of the event to let us know.
Note that there will be photography and filming taking place at the event. If you would prefer not to be filmed or featured in any of this material please let us know. We will also contact you after the event to ask for feedback. If you are not happy to be contacted let us know and we will remove you from the list.
The venue has a licensed bar and street food will be available.
St Paul’s Church is located on Portland Square, a stones throw from Cabot Circus shopping centre and Stokes Croft. There is plenty of metered parking around the venue and a NCP car park a 5-10 minute walk away.
This project is a collaboration between the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, the Life of Breath project and the Public Engagement team at the University of Bristol and is made possible through the generous support of the Wellcome Trust.