March 2020 saw the first national ‘lockdown’ announced and, with this, charities such as Women’s Aid highlighted the increased risk of harm and isolation for those affected by domestic abuse. The Crime Survey for England and Wales showed that 1.6 million women and 757,000 men had experienced domestic abuse between March 2019 and March 2020, with a 7% growth in police recorded domestic abuse crimes. Although official data on the impact of lockdown on domestic abuse is limited, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported in May 2020, there was a 12% increase in the number of domestic abuse cases referred to victim support

With the impact of COVID-19 and the introduction of national lockdowns, it is widely accepted that technology offers tremendous potential as a force for good. We have seen a move to digital ways of working and a reliance on technology more so now than ever before. What are the opportunities to fill existing gaps in service provision and provide a safety net to survivors of domestic abuse before, during and after an incident? How can technology better support the delivery of public safety services, protecting victims, preventing incidents but also supporting police in their response and investigations after the matter?

techUK is working with partners EDAC to deliver a roundtable, bringing industry together with stakeholders to discuss: 

  • the impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse cases; 
  • the role of technology for prevention (better access to and use of data and artificial intelligence); 
  • how technology can support victims and the reporting of incidents; 
  • how technology can support police in their response and investigations; 
  • challenges surrounding technology as an enabler and how industry and stakeholders must come together to tackle the challenges around the use of technology to perpetrate domestic abuse.

Speakers include: 

- Detective Superintendent Matthew Pilch,  Lead Responsible Officer for Domestic Abuse, Metropolitan Police

- Chief Superintendent Phil Davies, Director of Information, Greater Manchester Police

- Professor Tom Kirchmaier, Director of Policing and Crime, LSE | Ria Ivandic, Research Associate, LSE

- Saima Shah, Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant (EDAC)

- Simon Franc, Chief Executive Officer, Anatomap Limited 

- Matt Stagg, Digital Policing Strategic Lead, Data & AI, Capita

- Lesley Nuttall, Cloud Security Engineer, IBM

- Jessica Eagelton, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Refuge


  • Welcome and Context
  • Introduction to panellists
  • Moderator set questions & panel discussion
  • Delegate questions
  • Next steps and close


Georgina Henley

Georgina Henley

Head of Justice and Emergency Services, techUK

Georgie joined techUK as the Justice and Emergency Services Programme Manager in March 2020.

Georgie is dedicated to representing suppliers by creating a voice for those who are selling into blue lights and the justice system, but also by helping them in navigating this market. Georgie is committed to creating a platform for collaboration, from engaging with industry and stakeholders to understand the latest innovations, to the role tech can play in responding to a range of issues our justice and emergency services are facing 

Prior to joining techUK, Georgie managed a Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) in Westminster. She worked closely with the Metropolitan Police and London borough councils to prevent and reduce the impact of crime on the business community. Her work ranged from the impact of low-level street crime and anti-social behaviour on the borough, to critical incidents and violent crime.

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