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Conference to explore prevention of domestic abuse & early support for victims

People from a diverse range of professions are coming together to learn more about domestic abuse and how they can be instrumental in early support and prevention for the people they are working with.

The conference will involve over 250 people at Hull University on Tuesday 10th September, and will include Luke and Ryan Hart who set up Coco Awareness charity. The brothers are White Ribbon Ambassadors and Refuge Champions following their own family’s domestic homicide and are dedicated to raising awareness, and speaking out against male violence towards women and children.

Vicki Paddison, Strategic Domestic Abuse Services Manager for Hull said: “Domestic abuse is the most hidden of crimes, but through working with our partners we provide support as early as possible to help prevent domestic abuse, and provide appropriate services to families whose lives are affected.”

In 2018, 2334 victims of domestic abuse came forward to Hull City Council requesting support.

The themes of the day will capture the impact of coercive control, risk, the impact of domestic abuse of family and lessons learned from national and local domestic homicide reviews, including Luke and Ryan Hart’s own experience of this.

Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Councillor Mike Thompson said: “Our focus continues to be to raise awareness of what services are available and how people can access them safely and to reassure people that they will be listened to, believed and protected. Early intervention and prevention Is a key driver to reducing domestic abuse in the longer term and it remains a key priority for the Community Safety Partnership.”

Hull is a White Ribbon City; a campaign which is by men, aimed at men, opposing violence against women – and people can show their support for the campaign by wearing a white ribbon.

Anyone who would like advice or help can contact:

·         Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership on 01482 318 759 or www.hulldap.co.uk

·         Preston Road Women’s Centre on 01482 790 310

·         Hull Women’s Aid on 01482 446099, or

·         Strength to Change on 01482 613 403 or www.hullstrengthtochange.org

[Anna Pilgrim – Hull City Council]

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