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Conference: Sexual and Gender-based Violence Investigations and Enquiries: Challenges, Best Practice and Future Direction.


When: 17th November 2022, 8.30 – 5pm.

Where: Westmanstown Sports and Conference Centre, Lucan Road, Clonsilla, Dublin D15Y2DH.

This is a FREE event, but booking is required. To book your place, please contact us at or fill in the Registration Form.


To explore specific challenges that can arise when investigating and enquiring into complaints of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). It will discuss the obstacles to coherent, gender-sensitive investigations in both criminal and non-criminal context and will highlight some promising practices for the effective investigation of SGBV.

In this one-day conference, delegates will have an opportunity to hear from a broad variety of subject-matter experts, share leading evidence-based practice and enable collegiality by participating in workshops.

Who will attend?

This full-day conference will appeal to those working in government bodies, private sector organisations and in the community, including policy makers, academics, practitioners, legal professionals, HR professionals and civil society groups with a focus on the victims and perpetrators of SGBV.

Why participate?

Despite the increasing focus on sexual and gender-based violence, many victims still experience barriers to obtaining justice and redress. In addition, many challenges will arise during the life cycle of a SGBV investigation or enquiry. We bring together cross-sectorial stakeholders to share expertise and practice. We will discuss existing challenges and current gaps related to conducting SGBV investigations as well as exploring solutions.

Benefits of attending:

  • Gain insights from a broad range of experts and practitioners.
  • Reinforce and strengthen your approach to SGBV investigations.
  • Network and share best practice with peers.
  • Begin the development of a consistent, standardised approach to SGBV investigations in line with national and international best practice.

Attendance at the conference will qualify for 6 hours CPD points.


Schedule of Events and Speakers

8.30 – 9.00


9.00 – 9.15

Conference Opening and welcome

Dr. Geraldine Noone, Director FITS Ltd.

9.15 – 9.45

Partnerships in Investigating SGBV

Garda National Protective Services Bureau.

9.45 – 10.15

Domestic Violence & Abuse – Understanding the victim’s/survivor’s perspective.

Ruth O’Dea, Training & Development Manager in Women’s Aid

10.15 – 10.50

The SGBV dimensions of War and conflict crime investigations

Desmond Travers, (Colonel retired) Vice President, Institute for International Criminal Investigations.

10.50 – 11.05

Tea/Coffee Break and Networking

11.05 – 11.35


11.35 – 12.10

Tusla’s Child Abuse Substantiation Procedure (CASP).

Claire Tobin and John Moore, Principal Social Workers and Lead for CASP.

12.10 – 13.10

Lunch Break


13.10 – 13.45

SGBV Investigations – Racial and intercultural diversity considerations.

Inspector Dave McInernery, PhD, Expert Racial, Intercultural diversity and Human Rights.

13.45 – 14.20


Investigative Interviewing in the context of SGBV: A person centred approach.

Dr. Geraldine Noone, FITS Ltd.

14.20 – 14.55


To be confirmed

14.55 – 15.10

Tea/Coffee Break

15.10 – 15.30

The link between homicide, drug trafficking and domestic/sexual/gender-based violence – A multi-agency approach.

Christopher Mangan, Chief Superintendent retired.

15.30 – 16.30

Roundtable Discussion: Best Practice and Future Direction.

Chair – Geraldine Noone


16.30 – 17.00

Conclusions and Closing

Geraldine Noone.