The University Of East London's (UEL) Noon Centre will host a ground-breaking debate on domestic abuse debate which will feature campaigners, MPs and experts, including Baroness Hamwee and Baroness Verma.
Strength With In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M) has gathered a group of pioneering panellists at The Noon Centre to lead a high-impact debate.
Britain's Got Talents star Alesha Dixon endorses the event.
The event will take place at UEL’s Stratford campus on May 8 at 6,30 pm. It will be recorded for online broadcast for a domestic abuse special.
The event has been endorsed by Britain’s Got Talent star Alesha Dixon who has openly spoken about growing up in a household with domestic abuse and supports the efforts of Strength With In Me Foundation.
Inspired by recent research carried out by The Independent which showed a significant increase in domestic abuse among teenagers and a concerning sharp drop in all domestic abuse police charges, this debate aims to address the current situation.
Following on from the last episode of ‘21 Questions’ which brought together Sky’s Afua Hirsch and Twitter’s Jo Burford to discuss the pressures of social media and body image for modern young people, this he event seeks to explore domestic abuse and tackle what can be done in parliament, policy, practice and the wider community. Drawing on personal and professional concerns, S.W.I.M will invite a diverse crowd to partake in a ‘Question Time’ style audience-driven discussion. The floor will be opened for questions and our expert panellists will have the opportunity to respond and contribute accordingly.
Their line-up of panellists includes Celia Peachey (campaigner and daughter of Maria Stubbings), Sian Hawkins (Head of Public Affairs and Policy for Women's Aid), Yolanda Toussaint (Domestic Violence campaigner) Kathy Evans Chief Executive of Children England and The Right Honourable Baroness Hamwee (who presently sits on parliaments All-Party Parliamentary Group for Domestic Abuse). Chair for the evening is Strength With In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M) founder Dr. Diahanne Rhiney, the award-winning PR expert who founded the charity after a murder attempt by her former partner.
The S.W.I.M Foundation Charity was founded in 2015. It aims to educate young people through its mentoring programme and age-appropriate workshops, working directly with foster carers, the police, schools, universities, colleges, youth centres, practitioners and the community as a whole. Our goal is to focus on creating an emotional intervention; to educate young people on how to identify healthy relationships and unhealthy (toxic) relationships and to positively shape their relationship choices, boost their self-esteem and safeguard them from domestic abuse.
Sian Hawkins, is Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid. Sian has consistently made an impact in the area of domestic abuse, having previously worked as Anti-Human Trafficking Policy Analyst at The Salvation Army.
The Right Honourable Baroness Hamwee, Shadow Lords Spokesperson on Home Affairs, who presently sits on parliaments All-Party Parliamentary Group for Domestic Abuse.
Kathy Evans, Chief Executive of Children England, also consultant to the Police Foundation and Justice, devising potential alternatives to Youth Courts, to support the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour.
Celia Peachey, Healthy relationship activist and daughter of Maria Stubbings, who was murdered at the hands of her ex-partner after the failure of Essex Police to protect her
Chair Dr Diahanne Rhiney, domestic abuse interventionist, psychologist and founder of Strength With In Me Foundation