Firms raise awareness of abuse

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A pioneering conference aimed at raising awareness of domestic abuse and its impact on the family has taken place in Northumberland.

Around 150 organisations which are committed to ending domestic abuse were represented at the joint conference, organised by The Safer Northumberland Partnership and Northumberland Safeguarding Children’s Board (NSCB).

Guest speakers at the event included domestic homicide advocate Frank Mullane and Sally Steadman-South from Co-ordinated action Against Domestic Abuse Service.

Coun Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s service at Northumberland County Council, said: “Combatting domestic abuse is a vitally important area of work and this conference will bring together a range of professionals who are committed to sharing best practice and finding sustainable solutions.”