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Tackling Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence together in Durham and Darlington

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Tackling Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence together in Durham and Darlington

Durham Constabulary and Durham’s Police & Crime Commissioner are joining forces with other agencies involved in the Durham and Darlington Community Safety Partnerships in hosting an event aimed at raising awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence throughout Durham & Darlington.

The event which is part of a wider programme of work aimed at tackling these issues is being held at the Durham Centre in Belmont tomorrow, Thursday 13th February, from 9am until 12:30pm.

The event will offer the opportunity for attendees to learn more about what is being done to prevent these types of crimes and how victims and survivors are being provided with the support they need to move forward and rebuild their lives.  Attendees will also hear about how perpetrators of this kind of crime are being brought to justice.  

Attending the event will be representatives from Durham Constabulary, Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council, NHS, Victim Support and other agencies.

Durham Constabulary’s Sexual & Domestic Violence expert Helen Murphy said “Events such as the one we are hosting this week offer us a real opportunity to highlight domestic abuse and sexual violence to a number of key stakeholder.  There is so much positive work going on in this area and we want to share that but we also know there is much to do and we need to work together in partnership to do this.”

Cllr Lucy Hovvels, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for safer and healthier communities, said: “This event is extremely important in terms of highlighting the excellent work of the Safe Durham Partnership in tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence.  As Chair of the County Durham Domestic Abuse Forum Executive Group, I know how important it is to bring people together from different agencies to help find new opportunities for tackling what is an extremely important issue.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Hogg said: “Tackling harm caused by domestic abuse and sexual violence is one of my policing priorities. This joint event is a mechanism for local agencies to continue to work in partnership together. I am speaking at the event to discuss how I am working regionally with other Police and Crime Commissioners to develop the North East’s first region-wide strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls. I am also delighted that this joint event marks the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness of abuse in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender) relationships.”

Darlington Borough Council said "Darlington Council, in partnership with the CSP  are working hard to promote the message that domestic and sexual abuse is never acceptable and we are working with a range of agencies to ensure victims get the support they need”

The ‘Love is Many things Campaign’ which is aimed at raising awareness of abuse in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender ) relationships will also be launched at the event.

Note to editors: The media are invited to attend the event at 12:30pm for photographs and interviews.

Posted on Wednesday 12th February 2014
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