RCPV Raises Awareness on Child to Parent Violence with International Conference
As part of the RCPV Project, NUI Galway hosted the Child to Parent Violence: Innovations in Practice, Policy and Research conference on the 12th and 13th July 2014. With the financial support of the Daphne programme of the EU, the conference brought together a variety of national and international speakers and aimed to raise awareness and to share information about best practice when it comes to responding to the problem of child to parent violence. There was significant local and national media interest in the conference and Declan Coogan, the NUI Galway lead for the RCPV project, spoke on radio and with newspaper journalists. The conference and child to parent violence was also discussed on a national television show.
Dr Paula Wilcox RCPV Project Leader and Reader at Brighton University was one of the keynote speakers at the conference, which also included: Peter Jakob, (Partnership Projects, UK); Eddie Gallagher, (Who's in Charge, Australia); Michelle Pooley,(Brighton and Hove City Council); Rita O' Reilly, (Parentline Ireland); Dr John Sharry, (Parents Plus, Dublin); Rosemary Fox, Senior Probation Officer, Irish Probation Service; Martin Stoner (Break4Change); Pam Nichols (RISE) and Norah Gibbons, Chairperson of Tusla – the Child and Family Agency. Eileen Lauster, Research Assistant with the RCPV Project at NUI Galway, facilitated the smooth operation of the conference over the 2 days.
RCPV project partners from Bulgaria, England, Ireland, Spain and Sweden took part in a panel discussion on the experiences of child to parent violence and responses to this problem in their countries which was well received by delegates. Project partners also presented interesting papers during the workshop seminar sessions, as did local community partners, COPE Galway Waterside House Domestic Violence services.
One of the responses to CPV in Ireland is the Non Violent Resistance programme adapted for use in Ireland by Declan Coogan. This intervention is being used by a number of agencies in one-to-one and group settings. The Non Violent Resistance Handbook for Practitioners was launched at the end of the conference. A two-day training in the programme for practitioners is being delivered throughout the duration of the project. Research on practitioners' perceptions of NVR will be analysed by the end of the project.
In total 186 professionals were registered for the conference. The feedback from participants was very positive with many indicating that they would take what they had learned back to their work place. For the evaluation the question, 'The conference was relevant to me and my work', 66% said that they strongly agree and 27% said they agree.