Probation Board taking part in HMPPS Insights22 Festival for Probation and Prisons

The Festival has a programme of 500 events to allow attendees to learn, share, connect and celebrate the great work taking place across the Criminal Justice System. This includes a number of events related to Probation with events being a mix of taking place face to face and online.

HMPPS Insights22 Festival events are FREE to attend and are open to all staff and volunteers who work for, and alongside, HM Prison and Probation Service.

There are a number of events taking place online. One of those online events is being delivered by Probation on 12 May 2022, a seminar “Tackling Domestic Abuse: The Experience in Northern Ireland and Lessons from the Pandemic

According to statistics released by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), during the 12 months from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 there were 31,848 domestic abuse incidents in Northern Ireland, one of the highest rates since such records began in 2004/05.

This seminar will bring together speakers from across Criminal Justice along with Chief Executive of Belfast and Lisburn NI Women’s Aid in NI to discuss the work we carry out in partnership to tackle domestic abuse.


  • 1 pm –  Welcome from Head of Communications of PBNI Gail McGreevy
  • 1.05 – “Overview of Domestic Abuse in NI and impact of pandemic” – Chief Executive of Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid Kelly Andrews
  • 1.20 – “Protecting the public – How the police service has responded to domestic abuse reforms in NI and the impact of the pandemic” – Detective Superintendent Lindsay Fisher
  • 1.35 – “Protecting the public – The role of PBNI in the Public Protection Arrangements for Northern Ireland. How probation has responded to domestic abuse reforms in NI and the impact of the pandemic” – Assistant Director  Liz Arthur
  • 1.50 – “Developing innovative practice upstream to tackle domestic abuse – the PPRP for non-adjudicated men” – Assistant Director Jill Grant
  • 2.05 – “Domestic Homicide Reviews: A reflection of the first 18 months since the introduction of Domestic Homicide Reviews in Northern Ireland” – DHR Chair Anne Marks
  • 2.20 – Q and A
  • 2.40 – End