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JUSTICE, INEQUALITY & GENDER BASED VIOLENCE CONFERENCE

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Room 2D3 in the Priory Road Complex

University of Bristol

Priory Road, Clifton

Bristol

BS8 1TZ

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This conference provides an opportunity to hear about the emerging findings from the research, of direct interest to practitioners working in different fields related to GBV, policy makers, and academics.

The conference will be followed by the launch event for new Journal of Gender-Based Violence, with drinks and nibbles. To book, please visit: https://journal-of-gbv-launch.eventbrite.co.uk

Attendance at the conference and the launch event are free. It is vital, however to register for a place. Non-attendance without cancellation will be charged at £50.


About the ‘Justice, Inequality and Gender Based Violence’ project

The research is being carried out by a team from the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff & West of England, in conjunction with Women’s Aid & Welsh Women’s Aid, from October 2015 – March 2018

The aim is to address how 'justice' (in its wider sense) is understood, sought, and experienced by victims/survivors of GBV and key practitioners. The research includes the diverse forms of GBV (sexual and domestic violence, forced marriage and so-called honour based violence). Government research and consultations have consistently shown a justice gap in relation to sexual and domestic violence, forced marriage, and 'honour based violence'. The concept of a 'justice gap' whilst often used to refer to issues of attrition within the criminal justice system (the dropping out of cases), also refers here to a wider gap in our understanding of what 'justice' means. Our own and other research has demonstrated that this wider justice gap is both complex and little understood. For instance, victims/survivors of GBV make decisions about accessing formal and/or informal systems of justice (criminal, civil, restorative), that can appear 'irrational' and be difficult for practitioners to understand, but are linked to GBV experiences and the intersecting inequalities victims/survivors may inhabit. Attrition can similarly exemplify positive as well as negative choices by GBV victims/survivors. A considerable number of domestic violence cases are now being mediated through Sharia council or other religious arbitration practices, but we have little current understanding of how victims/survivors perceive these processes and how it may contribute to experiences of 'justice' in the UK. In the research we are therefore asking the following questions

1) How do victims/survivors and others experience and perceive 'justice'?
2) How does inequality affect access to support pathways and trajectories through the formal and informal justice systems?
3) How are notions of empowerment linked to notions of justice and access to justice?
4) How do practitioners themselves perceive notions of 'justice' whether enacted through formal or informal routes.
5) What would a truly victim focused justice agenda for gender based violence look like?


Programme

10.00 – 10.30 Registration and coffee

10.30 – 10.45 Welcome (Marceline Naudi – conference Chair, University of Malta and GREVIO)

10.45 - 11.15 Justice, Inequality and Gender based violence – setting the scene (Marianne Hester)

11.15 – 11.45 What we know, what we don’t (Natasha Mulvihill)

11.45 – 12.15 Access to justice – Women’s Aid service users (Marianne Hester)

12.15 – 12.45 Criminal justice system and inequalities (Lis Bates, Sarah-Jane Lilley & Duncan Mcphee)

12.45 – 14.00 LUNCH

14.00 – 14.30 Survivor perspectives on justice – key issues and themes (Emma Williamson, Amanda Robinson & Andrea Matolcsi)

14.30 -15.00 Survivor perspectives on justice – BME communities (Geetanjali Gangoli)

15.00 – 15.30 Tea/coffee break

15.30 – 16.00 Survivor perspectives on justice – faith communities (Nadia Aghtaie)

16.00 – 16.30 Justice, Inequality and Gender based violence – implications for new legislation on DVA

16.30 FINISH

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University of Bristol

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