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Navigating the language - listening to the words women use to describe their mental health and hearing what they need

Medina Johnson is Chief Executive of IRISi, a social enterprise established to promote and improve the health care response to gender based violence. IRISi’s flagship programme is IRIS (Identification & Referral to Improve Safety), a general practice based domestic violence and abuse training, support and referral programme. Medina was one of the two original advocates working on the IRIS research trial from 2007-2009 and has been involved in the development of the project ever since.

The impact of mental health on the response to perpetrators of domestic abuse

Jonathan Fowler has extensive experience, going back more than 25 years, as a therapist in (Secure) Psychiatric Settings (working with both violence & severe self-harm /trauma), working at the interface between mental health & the Criminal Justice System, with complex needs, and with Respect accredited DV perpetrator work.  He currently works as a facilitator on the Reprovide perpetrator programme, as a DVPP trainer and external supervisor, as mental health advisor for the Drive programme, and with specialised complex needs services.

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Domestic abuse, mental health and homelessness: the Housing First model

Louisa Steele has worked across women’s specialist services and the homelessness sector for the past ten years, in both frontline and strategic roles. Louisa is currently the Housing First and Homelessness coordinator at Standing Together Against Domestic Violence and is working on developing the Housing First model for women experiencing multiple disadvantage and domestic abuse.

The role of hospitals in responding to domestic abuse and mental health

Kathy is a Registered Nurse and Head of Safeguarding for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust where she has led the Safeguarding agenda for ten years. She works with a dedicated specialist team of safeguarding leads and practitioners, implementing a safeguarding strategy  that addresses all aspects of safeguarding including domestic abuse.