World-renowned speakers will join service providers, victims and statutory agencies next week in a bid to address the future for survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Northern Ireland. The Nexus NI Annual Conference, taking place on Monday 4th February at the Dunsilly Hotel will address the future for Prevention, Protection and Prosecution for those affected by sexual violence.
Held during Sexual Violence Week, the conference is aiming to open honest discussions about the future for those affected by sexual abuse, including addressing key areas regarding prosecution and access to trials. Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England, Nazir Afzal OBE will be the conference keynote speaker, addressing the key issues around the judicial system and the barriers to prosecution in Northern Ireland and beyond.
Interim CEO of Nexus NI Karen Gallagher said:
“The quality of our speakers shows just how important this conference and the associated conversation is, not just here in Northern Ireland but across the world. We are in unchartered waters, dealing with a wide range of issues and there is a need for a cultural shift to happen.
“This is not something that can happen in silo; we are using the conference as an opportunity to hear first-hand from experts, to allow us as a society as well as service providers to learn new ways of doing things. The judicial system, media, including social media, the need for specialised training, dispelling myths, these are all areas we need to address urgently”.
Dr Helen Beckett, Director of the International Centre will discuss the importance of protection and prevention, focusing on safeguarding issues. Dr Beckett has published and presented widely on issues of sexual harm against children and regularly consults on research, policy and practice in this field. She is also a Board member of Nexus NI.
Dr Elaine Storkey, a philosopher, sociologist, and theologian will also address delegates, in what will be an informative and vital conversation around the impact of sexual violence on victims, families, and wider society.
During the conference, the Nexus NI project team will talk about some of the innovative projects they are working on for 2019, and we will hear from the PSNI on the progress of the ‘No Grey Zone’ Campaign.
Karen Gallagher added:
“This is more than just a Nexus NI conference; we are bringing expert speakers and partners together to talk about their experiences, their projects, including the PSNI and Rainbow Project. We need to work in collaboration to address this issue”.
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