Understanding and responding to Polish women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse in the UK

Conference in Manchester on 16th of June 2022

The conference was organised to present the findings of the first UK-wide study about Polish women's experiences of abuse in the UK, showcase best practice in working with Polish families affected by domestic abuse, and facilitate networking between professionals.
Domestic abuse in Polish families living in the UK is a growing concern among the Polish community and professionals. It remains a hidden problem that hasn't been adequately explored and addressed despite its seriousness and prevalence in the UK's largest minority group. The conference promoted the findings from the long coming UK-wide study about Polish women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse in the UK. The research project was led by academics from the University of Lincoln and Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw.

The research report is available here - https://dvsupport.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/research/

This international event brought together academics, experts, leaders, and practitioners from the UK and Poland. It offered a unique opportunity to hear from representatives of the leading organisations supporting women and victims of domestic abuse in Poland. 

Two workshops were delivered by Polish practitioners who support victims of domestic abuse in the UK. They shared their knowledge and expertise in the most effective and culturally sensitive approach to working with Polish victims.

 

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SPEAKERS

WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE EVENT

I thought the conference was outstanding and I learnt so much 

We really enjoyed the conference and we learned a lot. We have been treated very friendly, the food was lovely and the BSL Interpreters were brilliant.

We left with smiles on our faces and learned a lot about domestic abuse in the Polish community. 

Thank you for a very interesting conference - I thought that the film was particularly thoughtful

Conference

NICOLE JACOBS 

 

Domestic Abuse Commissioner

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PROF. SUNDARI ANITHA

 

University of Lincoln

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DR. IWONA ZIELIŃSKA

 

The Maria Grzegorzewska University & EDAN Lincs

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DR. MICHAEL RASELL

 

University of Innsbruck

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DR. ROS KANE

 

University of Lincoln

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MAJA KUŹMICZ

 

Niebieska Linia (Blue Line, Poland)

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URSZULA NOWAKOWSKA

 

Centrum Praw Kobiet (Women's Rights Centre, Poland)

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JOANNA JANDULA

 

MSB Solicitors

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AGNIESZKA TENTEROBA

Vesta SFS CIC

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EWA WILCOCK

 

Vesta SFS CIC

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IWONA NOWAKOWSKA

 

 

Vesta SFS CIC

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The conference will be facilitated by

KATARZYNA ZATORSKI

Truth Legal Solicitors

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PROGRAMME

9.30 - 10.00       Arrival and registration 

10.00 - 10.30     Welcome by Katarzyna Zatorski and  special guests - Nicole Jacobs and Polish Consul, Włodzimierz Sulgostowski

10.30 - 11.00     Domestic violence and abuse in Poland: Understanding the service and policy landscape - guest speakers    from Poland: Urszula Nowakowska and Maja Kuźmicz

11.00 - 11.30     Survivors' voices 

11.30 - 11.45     Coffee break 

11.45 - 13.00     Polish women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse: Findings from the first UK study - Dr Iwona       Zielińska, Prof Sundari Anitha, Dr Michael Rasell, and Dr Ros Kane

13.00 - 14.00     Lunch and networking 

14.00 - 14.45     Workshops 

14.45 - 15.00     Coffee break 

15.00 - 15.45     Workshops 

 

15.45 - 16.00     Conference closure 

Workshop 1  How to maximise your effectiveness with Polish clients – cultural aspects affecting engagement and best practice – Ewa Wilcock and Agnieszka Tenteroba

Workshop 2  “I am scared that social services will take my children” – Polish clients' experiences of working with social services - Iwona Nowakowska and Joanna Jandula

Group 1 - Workshop 1 at 2 pm and Workshop 2 at 3 pm 

Group 2 - Workshop 1 at 3 pm and Workshop 2 at 2 pm

SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

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