On 5th September, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner co-hosted a film screening and panel event of ‘Timekeeper’ directed by co-host Chris Godwin.

Panel members also included:

  • Ellie Lyons, Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England
  • Roz Davidson, Director of The Positive Parenting Company
  • David Challen, domestic abuse survivor and campaigner
  • David McCullen
  • Clare Kelly, Associate Head of Policy and Public Affairs NSPCC

Introducing the film, the Commissioner shared, “The Timekeeper is an incredible film showing the impacts of coercive control on a child.

We know the profound negative impact of growing up in a household where there is domestic abuse. Exposure to domestic abuse causes harm at every stage of child development, with research demonstrating impact on children’s neurological development.

The current landscape of support for children is made up of piecemeal, short-term funding arrangements…There needs to be a shift to put in place sustainable funding and support, targeted specifically at children”.

This event was well attended by Government officials, policy influencers, frontline professionals, and domestic abuse specialists.