Clare Walker


Clare Walker is a Domestic Abuse Consultant with a unique 360-degree insight to domestic abuse, having lived, worked, managed and developed services and practices in it, across the last 30 years. Starting as a volunteer and progressing through; Case Worker, Project Management and national strategic development. The latter was with organisations such as the Department of Health, SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) and the Parental Mental Health & Child Welfare Network. Developing policies and good practice guidance specifically around working with adults with Learning Disabilities, Mental Ill Health and Domestic Abuse. Clare is an avid believer in the upholding of Equality & Human Rights, this is the baseline which underpins all her areas of work. Clare works with all victims, regardless of their gender, sexuality or any other protected characteristics that they may have.

 Key aspects of Clare’s work are; Professionals Training, Visiting Lecturer, Expert Witness and Campaigner. Clare’s training has been commissioned across the UK for the past 20 years, to multiagency audiences across all sectors and including the Military, from basic awareness raising to Masterclasses. In more recent years Clare has also been commissioned overseas; Cypress, Australia, US and Italy. 

Clare is a known expert on coercive control and explains the dynamics and interactions of power imbalances. Professionals need to have an awareness of this power dynamic from their role, and how that, interplays with a clients engagement. Clare is the domestic abuse expert for various organisations including the Restart 360 (working with young people at risk of radicalisation & county lines), Hope Project; Kings College London (Foster Carers of Mother & Baby placements), London Consortium of Family Group Conference Chairs. Clare also works with faith leaders regarding the use of spiritual abuse in domestic abuse. And also looking at the increased propensity of domestic abuse context, that can evolve into gang culture, and potentially, acts of terrorism. Clare is a Domestic Homicide Review Chair, trained by AAFDA.

Clare also has her own multi award winning social enterprise, now in its 10th year. This offers a suite of services to female victims and survivors. 

As part of campaigning activities, Clare is a member of the international research hub regarding the topic of Family Courts and the use of ‘Junk Science’ within that arena – formally or informally. Clare is a member of British Sociological Association’s learning & development network. And also works with Government Departments, Academics, Lawyers and campaigning groups alike, regarding justice for victims & survivors going through legal processes.

Clare has been called upon for input and opinion at many public events over the years; Conferences, Webinars, Podcasts and Panel Discussions. Clare’s expertise and views have also been sought in the House of Lords, Home Office, DWP, private companies & organisations and many local & national media outlets. Including, BBC News, Victoria Derbyshire Show, Regional BBC News (various locations). Many local Radio stations, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Talk Radio, and quoted in the Observer. Discussing formally or informally everything domestic abuse related, from grassroots provision, new legislations, service interventions, impacts of lockdown, the DA Bill 2nd Hearing, through to the Johnny Depp Defamation case ruling, last year.