About this event

  • Date and time Sat 18 Jun 2022 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine

Join us for this event that will illustrate the impact of domestic abuse and the forensic response to it. It will also discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to solving domestic abuse cases in forensics featuring a real case of a fatality associated with domestic abuse, the input from forensic odontologists and veterinary surgeons and speakers from third sector organizations involved in this work.

Key speakers will cover the clinical aspects of the child's presentation, assessment, clinical care and safeguarding the child, along with aspects of the police investigation and evidence gathering. It will also cover the case building, charging decision and prosecution.

Want to attend in person at the RSM? You can book to attend this event in person by clicking here.

During this session, you will learn about:

  • The forensic responses to domestic abuse
  • Learn the acute presentation and care of a child following FGM whilst safeguarding the child
  • Understand the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation, case-building and prosecution
  • Learn the role of forensic odontologists, coroners and third-sector organisations that provide help and assistance

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording.

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Key speakers

Dr Roland Kouble

President of the British Association of Forensic Odontologists


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Bernadette Butler, President, Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine, Royal Society of Medicine

Domestic abuse and suicide – prosecution for manslaughter

His Honour Judge Philip Grey, Circuit Judge, St Albans Crown Court

Bite marks in domestic violence

Dr Roland Kouble, Forensic Odontologist and Dental Surgeon, Woodseats Dental Care, and President, British Association for Forensic Odontology

Comfort break
Making connections: The link between violence to people and violence to animals

Dr Kate Richards, President, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and Dr Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director, Dogs Trust

Panel discussion
Lunch break
AGM and announcement of prizes

Dr Bernadette Butler

Domestic abuse: Where are we now?

Dame Vera Baird, Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales

Comfort break
Barriers faced by male victims of domestic abuse and gender - informed solutions

Mr Mark Brooks OBE, Chair of Trustees, The Mankind Initiative 

Promoting and improving the health care response to domestic abuse

Mrs Medina Johnson, Chief Executive, Identification and Referral to Improve Safety 

Panel discussion
Clinical forensic and legal medicine section prize winner announcement
Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this live stream are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM or the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this live stream will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the live stream link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This live stream will be available for registered delegates 60 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the session takes place. 

This live stream will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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