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Masterclass Programme


The Organising Committee of the European Conference on Domestic Violence are pleased to announce that registered delegates are able to apply to take part in one of two pre-conference Masterclasses on Saturday 5th September 2015. There is no additional charge to participate although places at both events are limited and you must register your intention to attend a Masterclass at the time of registering for the conference. Places will be allocated strictly on a first come basis. 

Invisible Victims: Human Trafficking and Gender Based Violence.

Saturday 5th September 2015 10am -3pm, Trinity College Dublin‌


Gender-based violence (GBV) includes a host of harmful behaviours that are directed at women and girls because of their gender, including wife abuse, sexual assault, dowry-related murder, marital rape, selective malnourishment of female children, forced prostitution, female genital mutilation, and sexual abuse of female children.  A relatively recently emerging phenomena, Human Trafficking, is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. Human trafficking represented an estimated $31.6 billion of international trade per annum in 2010. It is also thought to be one of the fastest-growing activities of trans-national criminal organizations.  

Statistics on trafficking in Europe indicate that approximately 140,000 trafficking victims are located each year in the European region and that 80% of victims of human trafficking are women or children. The Master Class will provide the opportunity for participants to learn more about the people behind the statistics in terms of how trafficking is organised, how people are used trafficking victims, the experience and impact  of being trafficked and the multi-agency responses that currently operate to address this growing social problem.  The extent to which violence features in cases of human trafficking will be a key focus of this Master Class and participants will be invited to consider the specific challenges which arise in dealing with this form of hidden but very serious, sometimes fatal violence.

Participants in the Master Class will gain the following:

-          An overview of the current level of knowledge regarding extent, levels and types of human trafficking;


-          An overview of the global context of human trafficking and where Europe fits into this global picture;


-          An understanding of statutory and voluntary sector service agency responses to trafficking in terms of prevention, detection and intervention. Case examples will be used to illustrate the types of activities which fall within the definition of human trafficking.


Optional: Complimentary visit to the Book of Kells

Sunday: Group travel by train to Belfast.




Multi Agency Practice in tackling Domestic Abuse: What Works?

Saturday 5th September 2015 10am -3pm, Queen’s University Belfast 


The question of ‘what works for whom’ is in its infancy in the area of domestic abuse offending, however it is clear from research that the critical components in addressing domestic abuse are focused on the safety services for partners and children and the quality of the interagency communication and collaboration.

The Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) are leaders in the development and implementation of new and innovative interventions within a multi-agency context, and work closely with a range of other key services to reduce domestic abuse. These services include: health and social care services, the police and prison services, and support organisations for victims. 

With a specific focus on multi agency working in developing and implementing new projects, to protect victims and provide interventions for perpetrators this Masterclass will provide opportunities to gain an overview how a collaborative approach to addressing domestic abuse can improve the outcomes for victims and perpetrators.

Participants in the Masterclass will gain the following:

-          An understanding of ‘what works’ in developing multi agency interventions

-          An understanding of the importance of agency collaboration in addressing domestic abuse

-          The opportunity to explore how agencies in Northern Ireland apply domestic violence interventions using a case study

-          An overview of the importance of evaluation when developing interventions within a multi-agency context.




QUB Lanyon Building

Titanic Belfast

Belfast City Hall

Stormont Building

Beacon of Hope Sculpture