'Empowering Women Rough Sleepers to Protect Themselves from Violence on the Streets' will look at best practices and influence national policy.
The aim of the conference is to train delegates on the subject of empowering women rough sleepers to protect themselves from violence on the streets and to influence policy in order to tackle issues of homelessness.
Professor Kate Moss, Professor of Criminal Justice, Faculty of Social Sciences, and Director for Research Paramjit Singh, from the Faculty of Social Sciences, will share their knowledge and expertise with delegates.
They are involved with Women Rough Sleepers, an EU DAPHNE-funded project which aims to increase knowledge base and equip organisations with the knowledge and skills meet the needs of homeless women.
They have researched women rough sleepers in Slovenia and Hungary and will be sharing their findings and recommendations for how services can be developed in the future to recognise the specific needs of women rough sleepers.
Paramjit said: “Women homelessness remains a serious problem and is often connected to domestic violence. Our research and recommendations assist with empowering women rough sleepers to protect themselves from violence such as rape and sexual exploitation while living on the streets.
“We also want to create an innovative supportive environment to meet the needs of the women and support them back into mainstream society and away from violence.
“It will consider what works and give delegates an opportunity to contribute to the development of a key set of messages that can be fed back to Government and European Parliament, Policy Makers and European Networks.”
Members of the public are also welcome to attend the conference which will be at Walsall College on October 28.
To reserve your place please email your full contact details to Paramjit Singh at P.Singh6@wlv.ac.uk
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