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The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.

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  1. Cosc Conference "Stopping Domestic Violence: What Works?" 2008


Cosc Conference 2008

Cosc hosted its first International Conference, Stopping Domestic Violence, What Works?, from May 28th-30th 2008 in Waterford Institute of Technology.

The final conference report is now available to download Cosc Conference Report

The aim of the conference was to inform key Irish policy makers and service providers about the various models of interventions which are in place in other countries.

Speakers at the conference included leading academics and experts in the field from the UK, Canada and the US and covered the following topics:

· Integration of interventions tackling domestic violence

· Effective multi-agency cooperation on Domestic Violence

· Justice sector interventions in tackling Domestic Violence

· Domestic Violence Risk assessment tools in practice

· Specialised -v- non-specialised courts

· Health Sector contribution to tackling Domestic Violence

· Housing sector interventions on Domestic Violence

· Integrated Data grid on Domestic Violence

· Domestic Violence and Men

· Domestic Violence and Older People

All of the presentations given at the conference are now available to download from our website. To view a particular presentation please click on the relevant speaker's name from the list below. Please note that all views expressed in speakers' presentations are the opinion of the relevant speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Cosc

 Mr. Charles J Hynes District Attorney, Kings County (Brooklyn) NewYork and Ms. Wanda Lucibello, Chief Prosecutor, Special Victims Division, Office of the District Attorney, Kings County (Brooklyn) NewYork

"Domestic Violence Bureau - The Brooklyn Experience"


Prof. Marianne Hester, School for Policy Studies, Bristol University

"Effective Interventions and approaches in tackling domestic violence - comparing models"


 Ms. Jan Pickles O.B.E., Director, Cardiff Women's Safety Unit

"Risk assessment and management through MARACs"


Prof. Elizabeth Stanko, Senior Advisor to the Metropolitan Police

"Policing Domestic Violence: Lessons from 30 years of Practice"


Prof. Desmond O Neill, Chairman, Elder Abuse National Implementation Group

"Developing Strategies for the Prevention, Detection and Management of Elder Abuse"


Dr. Carmen Gill, Director, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, University of New Brunswick Canada

"Specialised domestic violence courts versus non-specialised courts and the development of an integrated grid for data collection"


Mr Mark Coulter, Male Victims Development Officer, Men's Advice Line (MALE)

"Working with hetrosexual men who identify as victims of intimate partner violence and other male victims"


Prof. Ann Taket, Head, School of Health & Social Development, Deakin University, Australia

"The potential role of health professionals in tackling intimate partner abuse"


Dr. Gina Netto, Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

"Housing interventions to address domestic violence"


Ms. Thangam Debbonaire, Respect Evaluation Project Manager (job share) and Director of Domestic Violence Responses; Training, Prevention and Research (independent practitioner and evaluator)

"Perpetrator Programmes"


Ms. Linda Regan, Senior Research Officer, Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University

"If only we'd known:" what a  small sample of femicides tell us about responses to domestic violence"