Davina James-Hanman is an independent Violence Against Women Consultant. She was formerly the Director of AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) for 17 years, which she took up following five years at the Local Borough of Islington as the first local authority Domestic Violence Coordinator in the UK. From 2000-08, she had responsibility for developing and implementing the first London Domestic Violence Strategy for the Mayor of London.

She has worked in the field of violence against women for over three decades in a variety of capacities including advocate, campaigner, conference organiser, crisis counsellor, policy officer, project manager, refuge worker, researcher, trainer and writer. She has published innumerable articles and three book chapters and formerly acted as the Dept. of Health policy lead on domestic violence as well as being a Lay Inspector for Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, and an Associate Tutor at the National College of Policing. Davina has also authored a wide variety of original resources for survivors.

She acted as the Specialist Adviser to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour’ based violence (2007/08) and Chairs the Accreditation Panel for men’s domestic violence support service Respect. From 2008-09 she was seconded to the Home Office to assist with the development of the first national Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. Current projects include a range of quality assurance and standards development work, evaluations of innovative projects and Domestic Homicide Reviews. Davina is also a Trustee of Women in Prison and the Centre for Women’s Justice.