Stand up to Domestic Abuse


The Golf Club, Celtic Manor Resort


Wales' first ever survivor led domestic abuse conference for survivors.

The conference aims were to raise awareness of domestic violence and to breakdown the barriers between survivors and statutory organisations including; Police; Government, DWP, Social Services, CAFCASS and Local Authorities including housing departments.

During the conference delegates heard from professionals to understand their commitment to eradicating domestic abuse and from survivors to understand the impact of domestic violence.

Survivors of domestic abuse SUTDA19



13 September


  • 8:15 AM


  • 9:00 AM

    Rachel Williams
    Survivor, Ambassador, Pioneer, Author and the inspiration and driving force behind the first ever survivor led conference in Wales.

  • 9:05 AM

    First Minister - Mark Drakeford

  • 9:10 AM

    Michael Sheen

  • 9:15 AM

    Chris Jones
    Chris joined the weather presentation team at S4C in 1991, his interests include volunteer and charity work and is a regular contributor on Radio Wales Cymru. He has conducted media lectures for Swansea University as well as hosting events for Welsh Assembly, Motor Neurone Disease Association and Sustain Wales.

  • 9:25 AM

    Georgia Hooper
    Survivor and future campaigner

  • 9:35 AM

    Laura Richards BSc, MSc. MBPsS
    Laura is an award winning and world-renowned criminal behavioural analyst and advocate who worked for a decade at New Scotland Yard as Head of the Homicide Prevention Unit and Head of the Violent Crime Intelligence and Analysis Unit.

  • 10:05 AM

    Chris Jones

  • 10:10 AM

    Pat CravenCreator of the Freedom Programme and author of the bestselling book ‘Living with the Dominator’ and “Freedoms Flowers’ a book about the effects of male violence on children.

  • 10:30 AM


  • 10:45 AM

    Helen Edwards

  • 10:55 AM

    Luke Hart
    On 19th July 2016, Claire and Charlotte Hart were murdered in broad daylight by the families father using a sawn-off shot gun. He then committed suicide.
    Luke and Ryan Hart, the two surviving sons, now openly share their story to raise awareness of coercive and controlling behaviour. So far, they have trained police officers, police community support officers, NHS Personnel and legal professionals in the Crown Prosecution Service. They are White Ribbon Ambassadors and Refuge Champions speaking out against male violence towards women and children. They have released their book Remembered Forever, telling their story and challenging myths and stereotypes surrounding domestic abuse and coercive control.

  • 11:15 AM

    Chris Jones

  • 11:20 AM

    Lynne Smillie
    Having experienced a background of childhood abuse and domestic violence within the family home and then witnessing our mother being killed from Domestic Homicide by my father in 1983, Lynn made a vow to our mother after she died that she would do something, one day, to make sure other women and children would not experience what we went through.

  • 11:40 AM

    Saskia Lightburn-Ritchie
    CEO - Cheshire without Abuse

  • 12:00 PM

    Jo Silver and Michelle Phillips
    Director and Head of Practice - Safelives

  • 12:25 PM

    Chris Jones

  • 12:30 PM



13 September


  • 1:30 PM

    Becky O’Brien and 3 piece band - Live set
    Survivor, singer and mother to 5 children, now living the dream in New York. Becky is testament that you can achieve your dreams and goals after domestic abuse. Finalist on BGT

  • 1:50 PM

    Chris Jones

  • 1:55 PM

    Dame Vera Baird
    Victims Commissioner for England and Wales. Promoting interests of victims and witnesses.

  • 2:10 PM

    Local Survivor

  • 2:25 PM

    Dr. Jane Monckton Smith
    Dr Jane Monckton Smith is a Forensic Criminologist and prize winning author specializing in homicide.

  • 2:55 PM

    Survivor, SEEDS Member

  • 3:05 PM

    Christine Ashton
    IDVA, ISVA, YPVA, Author, Trainer, Expert DV Witness, Campaigner, Freedom Programme Trainer. Chris Ashton is a highly skilled professional consultant for the Freedom Programme and other Domestic violence and abuse services. Chris has provided bespoke domestic abuse training throughout the UK and Ireland for a range of agencies. Chris is one of a handful of professionals who specialise in men’s programmes. With over 30 years experience, Chris Ashton is an expert in her field and is in great demand for her services.

    Clare Walker
    Clare Walker is a Domestic Abuse Consultant with a unique in-depth 360-degree view and understanding of domestic abuse. Clare has worked in various roles in social care settings starting as a volunteer and successfully transferring her hospitality management & training executive skills into social care management roles. In this context Clare designed and set up many projects locally and was also involved in developing national strategic practice develop ment and guidance with various academic, governmental and regulatory, strategic national bodies, such as Department of Health, Community Care, Social Care Institute for Excellence, Working Together Network, Norah Fry Institute, Joseph Rowntree Trust, Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Network. Service in developing policy and practice. She also helps families bereaved through homicide with various criminal justice processes, through her work with chari table organisations. Her latest work tracks the journey to intimate partner homicide through an eight stage sequence.

  • 3:30 PM


  • 3:45 PM

    Zoe Dronfield
    Zoe is a mother, business women, a professional and a survivor of domestic violence in that order. Zoe refuses to be defined by her journey although is compelled to make changes for the future for others and her children. Zoe’s professional expertise allowed her to see how flawed that system is after being catapulted into the criminal and family justice system in 2014. Two very stark contrasts and Zoe wants to highlight the impact the system has on victims going through this at their most vulnerable time.

  • 4:00 PM

    David Challen
    Domestic Violence Campaigner. David successfully campaigned to free his mother Sally Challen in a landmark case recognising coercive control this year. Freedom Programme Ambassador and Prison Advice and Care Trust Ambassador

  • 4:20 PM

    Chris Jones

  • 4:35 PM

    Rachel Williams

  • 4.40 PM - 5:15 PM

    Becky O’brien


The Golf Club, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales


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National Domestic Abuse Charity

Calan DVS

Domestic Abuse Service. Helping Women, Men and Children affected by domestic abuse

New Pathways

Specialist providers of rape crisis and sexual abuse support service for women, men and children

Ace Support Hub

The Ace Support Hub has been set up by a voluntary collaboration of organisations called Cymru Well Wales, to support you in making changes that make Wales a leader in tackling and preventing ACEs.

Working with you, our mission is to share ideas and learning, and to challenge and change ways of working so together, we break the cycles of ACEs.

Watson Ramsbottom Solicitors

D V Assist

UK’s Only registered charity specializing in arranging emergency injunctions orders for domestic abuse survivors


National Stalking Advocacy Service. Supporting victims of stalking. Raising awareness.

South Wales Fire and Rescue

Police and Crime Commissioner Gwent


A Wales based community interest company set up to provide holistic support to those who need it

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

Cheshire Without Abuse

Empowering those affected by domestic abuse through their dedicated, passionate and responsive team

Freedom Programme Birmingham

Empowering women through the Freedom Programme

Welsh Women’s Aid

National charity in Wales working to end domestic and sexual violence and all violence against women. 0800 8010800


Men & Women working together to end domestic violence (

Freedom Programme

We deal with male violence to women and girls. Helpline 01942 262 270

Stand up to Domestic Abuse 2022