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Virtual International Conference
'Stalking Has No Borders'

Wed 22 November 2023

Action Against Stalking presents its 2023 International Conference. This is a key event for practitioners, professionals and academics in the field of stalking. This year's theme is 'Stalking Has No Borders.'

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Virtual International Conference 2023

 

Stalking Has No Borders

 

Wednesday 22nd November 2023 (time GMT)

 

Who should attend?
 

  • Professionals and practitioners across all sectors and who work with victims of stalking

  • Academics, researchers and students

  • Employer organisations, e.g. those in HR and staff care functions

  • Policy makers


The conference will consist of 4 key speakers, followed by breakout rooms with a range of diverse, renowned speakers, covering different topics but all related to the theme. 

At the time of purchase you will be asked to select the breakout rooms you wish to attend. Spaces are limited so be quick!

CPD certificate of attendance.

 


Key Speakers 

 

Levant Altan - Stalking: A Global Issue

Executive Director with Victim Support Europe. Levent has worked in the advancement of EU victims´ rights for many years. Having previously worked in the EU Commission, he is very experienced in developing and negotiating strategies for the implementation and advancement of victims´ rights on both national and international level. Victim Support Europe has recently developed a range of position papers addressing how to improve the standing and delivery of victims´ rights in the EU, for example how to keep victims safe throughout the criminal justice engagement.

Claire Waxman OBE - Victim’s Voice – What more needs to be done? 

Appointed in 2017 by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to be London’s first Independent Victims’ Commissioner, and was subsequently reappointed in May 2021. 

 

Claire has undertaken an ambitious programme of work to transform the criminal justice system to provide a better experience for victims of crime. She works alongside victims, amplifying their voice, and promoting their interests throughout the criminal justice journey; ensuring their experiences are used to inform and shape practices, policies, and service provision. 

 

Her achievements in the role include convening London’s first ever Victims’ Summit; publishing the Victims Code of Practice Review and London Rape Review; holding a series of roundtables to better understand the experiences of specific groups of victims; and successfully lobbying for key changes to the Domestic Abuse Bill. 

Dr Matt Frew - Synthetic Stalking and a Synthetic Society 

Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Transformational Technology within the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland.  A Future Studies social theorist Matt specialises in how phenomenon and trends in transformational DARQ technologies and an accelerating Metaverse are challenging and changing how we work, learn and live. With over 20 years experience Matt has worked across many fields including sport, health and fitness, adventure recreation, events and festivity.

 

Matt argues that this age of accelerating DARQ technologies and future Metaverse will be persistently woven in and through the fabric of our lives, which willl revolutionise the structuring relations of space, time and our embodied condition. Moreover, our conceptions of ‘reality’ will be questioned as our physical world and biological self, increasingly, bridges and blurs with that of our digital world and synthetic self. We are accelerating towards DARQ dreamscapes where sensory saturating ecosystems of extended reality will not only allow us to reimagine the future, but also, enable us to synthetically resurrect and relive the past.

Nicole Madigan - A Victim's Story 

Journalist and Author of the book 'Obsession' which explores her own stalking experience.

Previously a television reporter with the Nine Network, Nicole has spent the past 15 years writing investigative articles, news pieces, long-form features and content for a wide range of publications and businesses.

Her work is regularly featured in numerous print and online publications, including MiNDFOOD, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, news.com.au, CFO Magazine, CEO Magazine, Women’s Agenda, Mamamia, Kidspot, The Walkley Magazine, Health Times, Campus Review, Elite Agent, Sunday Life, among others. She is the editor of Get it Magazine, and has previously edited the REIQ Journal and newbornbaby.com.au.

 

Nicole also provides written content and ghost writing services for a variety of commercial, government, health, property, and education sector clients. She is a non-executive Board Director of Friends with Dignity, a charity providing support to victim-survivors of domestic violence, and is an ambassador for domestic violence advocacy group My Red Flags.

Nicole is the author of two children’s books. Her debut non-fiction book, Obsession: A journalist and victim-survivor’s investigation into stalking, was released in 2023.

 

Breakout Rooms (same session in the morning and afternoon so select two different options at checkout)

1. Action Against Stalking's Throughcare support Service 

The session is hosted by 3 members of Action Against Stalking's Throughcare Team: our Initial Response Officer, one of our Throughcare Practitioners and our CBT Therapist. The session will take audience members through each stage of the client journey and consider how an understanding of the impact of stalking informs how we support clients and work to empower them to take back control.

2. Police Scotland/Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service: Case Study

This session will be a joint input from representatives from Police Scotland and The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.  They will explore the complexities involved in investigating a global stalking case and will discuss current legislation as well as the importance of supporting victims through what can be a prolonged and dynamic enquiry

3. The Cyber Helpline 

This session is hosted by Charlotte Hooper the Helpline Manager at The Cyber Helpline which has supported thousands of victims of cybercrime and online harm, specialising in cyberstalking and technology-facilitated intimate partner violence. On top of her role at The Cyber Helpline, Charlotte has a first-class degree in Policing and Criminal Justice and a masters degree in Cybercrime Investigation. Charlotte delivers cybercrime related training sessions around the world for police forces, victim support charities and private organisations.

Her areas of expertise include: Cybercrime investigations, cybercrime law enforcement & regulation, open-source intelligence, cyberstalking & online harassment, the cybercrime & online harm threat landscape and the impact of cybercrime on victims. 

4. Stalking – what do we know – need to know? 

This session focuses on the Centre for Action Against Stalking (CAAS) which is a partnership between UWS and AAS to encourage more stalking research. The session will have presentations from both CAAS doctoral students, Karen Fullerton-Chalmers and Amanda Morrison, regarding their research. 

Karen is a doctoral student with the University of the West of Scotland currently in her third year of study. She is the Centre for Action Against Stalking’s first PhD student and her research focuses on ‘the realities of stalking – the impacts of film and television representation of stalking on victims.’ Karen holds a BA Hons degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s in Criminal Justice and Penal Change. She has previously worked with government agencies, local authorities and currently works with Action Against Stalking as the Prevention and Community Engagement Manager. You can follow Karen’s journey on Twitter @KarenFullertonC and LinkedIn.

Amanda is a Throughcare Practitioner and a PhD researcher for Action Against Stalking and the Centre for Action Against Stalking, a collaboration between the charity and The University of The West of Scotland. Amanda has extensive experience supporting victims of crime in multiple settings. Amanda’s research is focussed on thepsychological consequences of stalking disclosures which can pose barriers in seeking support. Victims can experience shame, anxiety, and depression amongst other negative repercussions. Stigma is shown as particularly evident in research when divulging to family and friends. Dissecting preliminary results from a cross-sectional, web-based survey, this study aims to address the research gap on disclosures and responses for male/female victims of stalking and the relationship of a response to the stalking experience, increasing awareness, informing academia, law-enforcement and organisations receiving disclosures.

The conference also includes:

  • Welcome and Introduction by Linda Jones, CEO of Action Against Stalking.

  • Opening Remarks by Lady Elish Angiolini, Honorary Patron of Action Against Stalking.

  • Keynote Address by Siobhian Brown MSP, Minister for Victims and Community Safety.

  • Call to Action by Ann Moulds, Founder of Action Against Stalking. 

  • Closing Remarks by Lady Elish Angiolini, Honorary Patron of Action Against Stalking.

 

THE FINAL DAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS IS FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER AT 5PM (GMT)

Group booking discounts available on full price tickets: 

  • For groups of more than 5 people in the same booking please add the coupon Group5+ for 10% off at checkout.

  • For groups of more than 10 people in the same booking please add the coupon Group10+ for 15% off at checkout.

*Please check junk/spam folders for event correspondence, Microsoft Teams link for the event will be sent a few days prior.

If you have any questions please email our team at events@actionagainststalking.org

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