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Highlighting the ‘hidden’ crime of domestic abuse

Friday, 04 July, 2014
Highlighting the ‘hidden’ crime of domestic abuse

Partners involved in helping the victims of domestic violence in the North East are coming together at a conference today (Monday 25 November) in order to raise awareness of the issue.

The conference is an opportunity to share learning across a range of agencies in Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead from instances of domestic violence and reviews of domestic homicides.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is one of the guest speakers and is committed to raising awareness of domestic abuse so that victims receive the help and support available.

Around one in four women and one in six men are victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lives – and yet only 20 to 40 per cent of them report it.

The conference marks the start off Domestic Abuse Awareness Week in North Tyneside which runs from Monday 25 November to Sunday December 1.

Jane Abbott, lead nurse for safeguarding children at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, one of the conference organisers, said: “Domestic abuse is an extremely serious issue however it is often a hidden crime because so many incidents go unreported.

“The partnership is committed to working together to encourage the victims of domestic abuse to come forward and seek help.

“Victims of domestic violence often attend health settings therefore it is important that staff are trained to identify them in order to signpost victims to the help and support available.”