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Project dldl/ድልድል Conference on Domestic Violence, Religion & Migration

The conference will bring together researchers working at the intersection of religion, domestic violence and migration, policy experts and practitioners working in domestic violence and abuse (DVA) services, community-led ‘by and for’ organisations, counsellors working with DVA victims, survivors or perpetrators, and religious scholars and clerics over two days to share evidence, experience and good practices and to deliberate together on future directions for integrated, faith-sensitive DVA services and responses in the UK.

The Annual Conference is organised by Project dldl/ድልድል, a research and innovation project funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) that is led by Dr Romina Istratii at SOAS University of London, working in partnership with the University of Sheffield and Bristol and numerous indigenous organisations in Ethiopia. The Annual Conference is supported by a circle of related research institutions and DVA organisations and initiatives in the UK and internationally, including the Faith and VAWG Coalition, the Christian Network to End Domestic Abuse (CNEDA), Imams Against Domestic Abuse (IADA), the Safe in Faith Initiative, Restored, the Dahlia Project, and other UK- and Ethiopia-based organisations.

In line with the decolonial vision of Project dldl/ድልድል, the Annual Conference seeks to promote religio-culturally sensitive, community-centred, transboundary and integrated responses to support DVA victims and survivors, as well as perpetrators, in diverse cultural and religious communities. The aim is to create a space where we can understand better the state of evidence, identify good practices and foster conversations that can lead to collaboration and long-term partnerships, and hence, a more integrated response in the sector to an increasingly diverse population.

The conference will comprise of evidence-based sessions presented by researchers and practice-oriented workshops facilitated by practitioners from leading DVA service providers, including ‘by and for’ organisations. The two-day workshop will conclude with a multistakeholder roundtable that will be open to anyone in the public. In the evening of day 1, Project dldl/ድልድል will hold a screening of its docudrama ‘Tidar’, an educational film co-produced in Ethiopia and the UK to raise awareness about the role of religious beliefs and faith in domestic violence experiences.

Read more about the conference and download the Conference Agenda on the official Annual Conference page.