Domestic abuse housing conference brings experts together
A conference organised by CIH president Alison Inman brought together domestic abuse experts and housing professionals from across the UK as part of her efforts to tackle the problem.
The first ever Domestic Abuse and Housing Conference took place in London on Friday 23 March.
Around 100 people attended the event which was organised by Alison Inman and the University of Essex as part of Alison's presidential appeal.
It featured speakers from across the UK including housing experts, academics, criminologists and charities working to support victims - including Katie Ghose, the chief executive of our 2018 presidential charity, Women's Aid.
Other organisations represented on the programme included the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, Standing Together, University of Essex, University of Lancaster, the Welsh Government, University of Durham, University of Roehampton and Safer Lives.
Robert Grundy from Savills opened the event at the the organisation's headquarters - which it kindly offered for free for the day so that the conference could take place.
The Twitter hashtag for the event #DAHousing18 was trending in the top 10 Twitter topics in the UK throughout the day as people joined the debate.
Alison Inman said: "The event was a real success and it was great to see so many people who want to take action all come together.
"It was also excellent to have expert speakers from different sectors who could shed light on different aspects of this huge issue and to hear from people who are already doing fantastic work.
"When I chose domestic abuse as my presidential appeal I said I wanted to start conversations and bring people together so that we can make a real difference. I hope that this event gave people a chance to do exactly this.
"The important thing now is that we maximise the energy and determination from the day so that we can make things happen and reach more people. I am confident that this will happen and we already have some exciting plans as part of my presidential appeal to keep the momentum going.
"A big thank you to the University of Essex, to Robert Grundy and Savills for being such a generous host, to all of our excellent speakers who really made the event what it was and to everyone who attended."