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Dr Tanya Dennis

iHV Expert Adviser: Domestic Abuse

HV Specialist/Domestic Violence Lead 0-19 services  /MARAC  representative

Central and North West London Foundation Trust (CNWL)  0-19 services

Tanya qualified as a Health Visitor in 1994. For the last 18 years, Tanya has worked in the field of Domestic Violence including providing support to several refuges and homeless accommodation. Tanya represents CNWL 0-19 services on Harrow MARAC. She is an active member of LB of Harrow Domestic Violence Forum and, as such, has contributed widely to the Domestic Violence agenda.

Tanya established ‘Fresh Start’, a therapeutic group for women and their children run in partnership with a psychologist, which aimed to provide support to those who have suffered from domestic violence. She is currently co-facilitating in partnership with Early Intervention Services Domestic Violence Recovery programme. She has contributed to the Department of Health NP 5: Domestic Violence and Abuse – Professional Guidance, as well as the ICO Domestic Violence Policy and, more recently, the UK Say No More – Hestia campaign. Tanya has presented at several national and international conferences, raising an awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse as a major public health issue.

Tanya completed her PhD in 2004. Her thesis looked at the rise of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a diagnostic category in children. In 1999, Tanya went to California to study cross-cultural perspectives of children’s mental health. During this period, she worked with different cultural groups in California, including working on several reservations with Native American children.

Tanya’s interest is in emotional and behavioural problems in both adults and children. She believes that many mental health conditions in adulthood have their origins in childhood, and that early parenting and family support interventions could make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of the individual and communities.

Tanya was recognised as Health Visitor of the year in 2013 for her contribution to the domestic violence agenda. She has been an advocate for many years for marginalised and hard to reach families. Tanya has published in the field of Domestic Violence and she delivers DV training.

As a Fellow of the Institute of Heath Visiting (iHV) and their DV expert and trainer, Tanya has contributed to the development of DV training for Health Visitors. She is an author of Good Practice Points for Health Visitors.

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