Contact: Domestic Violence Training Ltd.
Tel: 0208 399 4504
Director: Roxane Agnew-Davies MA(Hons), MSc, PhD, C.Psychol, AFBPsS
Roxane’s specialist field is the impact of violence, particularly domestic violence or sexual violence, on women's mental health. She is Director Mental Health Advisor to Against Violence and Abuse (AVA). She is an honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. As a clinical psychologist, she is qualified to make clinical assessments of mental health in various respects, to use diagnostic criteria of the American Psychiatric Association and to offer therapeutic interventions according to her assessment. She is a Cardiff University accredited Expert Witness. She was a member of the Department of Health Task Force on Violence against Women and Children and was specialist Advisor to their previous Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme. She has acted as a consultant on gender violence to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and the Social Care Institute of Excellence.
For five years, as Head of Psychological Services for Women at Refuge, Roxane was responsible for the design and management of psychological services for women experiencing domestic violence, including sexual violence. She continues to work as a therapist for Sutton Women’s Aid Refuge (SWA). Her research on physical, sexual and psychological violence against women and their psychological effects was funded by the Department of Health. In 2004, she was commissioned by the Department of Health to produce guidance for mental health professionals on psychological support for women experiencing or escaping violence and a Handbook to support women experiencing the psychological effects of domestic violence. As chair of Health Ending Violence and Abuse Now (HEVAN) she was also commissioned to produce a manual for training health professionals, now located on the Home Office Crime Reduction website. She acts as consultant to numerous agencies and trains on sexual violence and domestic violence at local and national levels.
Roxane is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology. She has worked with victims of physical / sexual violence and childhood abuse for 25 years. She has full membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology. Roxane is a clinical psychologist specialising in trauma and experiential therapy and a service provider for staff experiencing secondary effects of trauma. She specialises in work with adults, with an established reputation as an experiential/gestalt therapist and a UK authority on Focussed Expressive Psychotherapy. She has trained in a number of therapeutic models, including cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic interpersonal therapy.
Roxane supervises and train a variety of professionals, especially health and mental health staff. Her teaching experience includes a four-year period as a lecturer in adult education at the University of Leicester, with a seat on the examiners board. She has a record in research and currently collaborate with the University of Bristol and the Institute of Psychiatry. She has publications in submission to professional journals in the UK and USA, as well as having written two book chapters. She has presented papers at scientific meetings in the UK and USA and have trained on domestic violence in Russia and consulted on trafficking in Nigeria. Her research skills and knowledge base includes the area of Therapist-Client Relationships through which she developed the ARM (Agnew Relationship Measure), now used internationally as a relationship index.
Tel: 07974 952 313
Associate Director: Cath Kane, BA (Hons.)
Cath is an innovative, dynamic consultant with over 15 years experience in strategy, policy and practice development. Cath’s motivation comes from working with people, projects and partnerships that affect sustainable change in local areas, particularly in the field of violence and abuse. As Associate Director for DVT Ltd. Cath is applying her expertise to support changes in practice, resource development and the delivery of training programmes in the arena of mental health, trauma and Violence Against Women.
Cath is committed to problem solving and drawing on local expertise to help find, guide and realize long term solutions. Between 2004 and 2008 Cath participated in three homicide reviews and then worked with partner agencies to implement lessons learned. This process resulted in revisions to the local action plan, partnership structure, enhanced policies and procedures across agencies and revised multi agency training, strongly supported by all partners.
Cath has consistently worked with Directors and Heads of Service to devise and implement performance monitoring frameworks and local indicator sets to support the ongoing work of domestic violence and violence against women initiatives in specific localities.
Cath remains inspired by the positive power of change, particularly at individual and local level. She has worked with adults, children and young people in community-based projects in Scotland integrating music, creative writing and drama as core tools for transformation. The same principles can be applied to people and partnerships at strategic level and Cath has a proven track record in producing events, films, poetry and performance pieces as core resources for managing and creating sustainable change.
Tel: 07971 096 878
Christine Mann, MA.RGN.CMB.RHV.BAPC(Accred)
Pat Wallace is an experienced trainer and consultant in relation to Domestic Violence. She worked as the Domestic Violence Co-ordinator for Buckinghamshire for 2 years and prior to that she co-managed one of the Home Office pilots in the ‘Reducing Violence Against Women Initiatives’. Previously she worked as a Health Visitor for a number of years and was also a community practice teacher.
As a trainer she has developed and delivered a 3 day Training for Trainers in Domestic Violence course. She has also designed and delivered training to many specialist and multi-agency groups. Pat is a facilitator for the Freedom programme and has just become a licensed trainer for the Freedom Programme. She is also trained to facilitate the IDAP perpetrator programme.
From her work as Domestic Violence Co-ordinator she has expertise in developing strategies which included designing and initiating small projects. These include developing a schools education pack, pump priming the delivery of the Freedom Programme, initiating a self referral perpetrator programme. Pat was also responsible for introducing Routine Enquiry for Health Visitors and Midwives in Buckinghamshire. This included the development and delivery of policies/protocols, training and support.
Sue Penna originally qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1987 and over a 17 year career in mental health worked with adults experiencing organic and functional mental health difficulties in hospital and community settings.
In 1992 Sue gained a post-graduate diploma as a psychotherapist/counselor, and at this time was focusing clinically on working with adults experiencing eating disorders and those that had been sexually abused as children.
In 1994 Sue embarked on a five year stint working alongside GP’s providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy/Counselling within the general practice setting. During 2003 and 2004 Sue was the co-coordinator of the Cornwall Domestic Violence Forum where amongst other things she developed training packages for a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. Since 2004 Sue Penna has successfully developed her freelance work from a small training agency to one that is now providing training/evaluation and consultancy services throughout the South West Region. Sue has a particular interest in the link between women’s mental health and the trauma of domestic abuse. Sue is a published author in professional journals in England and Europe and regularly presents at conferences in the Region.
Hamish Brown MBE
Hamish retired in June 2004, as a Detective Inspector, from the Specialist Crime Directorate at New Scotland Yard after over 30 years service with the Metropolitan Police. He is the UK's acknowledged authority in stalking cases and was awarded the MBE for his work in this area. Hamish now lectures nationally and internationally, gives advice as well as engages in some media work commenting on general crime issues. Since retirement he has undertaken temporary contracts reviewing policies for councils with respect to anti social behaviour and he continues to work with the Probation Service concerning Priority and Prolific Offenders. He is commissioned by the Home Office to examine the offence of 'witness intimidation' from a stalking angle. Further information about Hamish can be found on his website at www.hamishbrownmbe.com.