A safe, just and equal world for women

Advance launches annual Lunch & Learn sessions

June 20, 2024
Advance has launched our inaugural Lunch & Learn series of national events to engage and empower local communities in addressing issues facing women. This year, our sessions focus on the relationship between domestic abuse and women’s contact with the criminal justice system.

To ensure public safety, reduce costs and ultimately save lives, solutions to reduce women’s re-offending must include addressing the root causes. In 2023, at least 7 in 10 of the women supported by Advance’s Criminal Justice services disclosed that they were survivors of abuse, and we suspect the actual figure to be higher.

Research has shown domestic abuse and trauma can drive women’s offending, with women being failed by the justice system both as “victims” and “offenders”. Women’s experience of domestic abuse can have dire consequences, and ultimately can lead to their deaths, whether at the hand of the perpetrator or through suicide.

Our community-based events will be held within our women’s centres or local venues. They aim to foster collaboration and build understanding of the relationship between women’s experience of domestic abuse and their offending among local leaders, change makers and organisations.

We believe that working with partners from statutory services, such as probation, judiciary, and local authorities, in a whole system, coordinated community response is vital to save lives, and in creating a world where women are safe, free and equal.

Dali Kaur, Director of Services at Advance said: 
Advance is rooted in our values of collaboration and partnership. We have been delivering services within communities for over 25 years. We know that working together in a coordinated approach, and engaging with the various services women and girls will come in contact with is the best to way to make change to best meet their needs. We are incredibly pleased that these Lunch & Learn sessions will offer opportunity to put this into action.

If you would like to join one of our national events, please use the button to find one in your area.

Lunch & Learn sessions

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For more information, please contact Tracie Couper, Press Officer at Advance, at tracie.c@advancecharity.org.uk or on 0743 2700 287.

Notes to the editor 
About Advance
  • Advance’s vision is a world in which women and children lead safe, equal, violence-free lives so that they can flourish and actively contribute to society. The charity works with women who experience domestic abuse to be safe and take control of their lives, and women who have committed crime or are at risk of offending to break the cycle.
  • As well as providing direct support, Advance works with statutory services, government agencies and other women’s charities to ensure a holistic approach to the issues these women face.
  • Women must be referred to Advance, via statutory services or the charity’s self-referral scheme. For more information about who Advance is able to support, please visit Get help 
  • For facts and statistics about domestic abuse and women in the criminal justice system, as well as Advance’s work, please visit Our impact 


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