This is the inaugural European Conference on Domestic Violence. The conference is an opportunity for policy makers, researchers and service providers to share work in relation to understanding and responding effectively to domestic violence.
The aftermath of the Troubles has left a legacy of trauma-related illness. There are now well established therapies and treatments available for conditions such as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Authoritative sources such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines conclude that there is a clear evidence base for interventions including trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Pharmacological interventions are effective for depression and some anxiety disorders, and play a useful role in the treatment of PTSD. Despite this evidence services for victims and survivors of the Troubles are under-developed and do not always have a clear focus on effective treatments. It is time for change to ensure that victims of the Troubles are treated with the same level of expertise as other citizens with recognised mental and physical health problems. This conference is appropriate for clinical practitioners from all professional backgrounds working with trauma related mental and physical disorders. It will also be of interest to researchers and policy makers in this field.
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Debates on ageing societies mainly focus on the circumstances of older people. However, this seminar will highlight how population ageing affects everyone. Professor Pearl Dykstra (Erasmus University Rotterdam) will discuss how demographic changes have strongly altered the social worlds of children, and are creating new opportunities for intergenerational connections. She will also highlight how age segregation deprives the young of a proper view of mid-life and old age, and produces adults who have little understanding of the young. Gemma Carney and Paula Devine (ARK Ageing Programme) will present findings from the 2014 Kid’s Life and Times survey, exploring children’s attitudes to age and ageing.