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Shine a light on domestic abuse

Release Date: 12 February 2020

Local businesses and professionals who work with women in the borough are invited to attend a seminar aimed at ‘Shining a Light on Hidden Abuse’, on International Women’s Day.

International Women's Day (Sunday 8 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

Richmond Council and the Richmond Community Safety Partnership is marking the day by hosting the event on Monday 9 March from 9.15am to 1pm at York House, Twickenham. Speakers from specialist organisations, including Age UK, Surviving Economic Abuse, Refuge and Abianda, will be talking about the issues faced by women and girls.

The aim of the event is to increase professionals’ knowledge and awareness around the less well-known aspects of Domestic Abuse. Presentations will consider:

  • Elder Abuse
  • Economic Abuse
  • Women with Complex Needs
  • Young Women and Gangs

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council with responsibility for Community Safety, said:

“Domestic abuse shatters lives and we are determined to ensure that victims always have the support they need to ensure their safety and the safety of any children.

“The Council and local organisations have been working extremely hard to tackle the issues of domestic violence against women and girls.

“Last year we launched our new Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. One thing that is clear, we can only combat domestic violence if everyone plays a role. We all need to understand the signs and what to do if we are concerned.

“Therefore, I urge any professional in the borough who work with women or children to attend this free, insightful event.”

Book your tickets for the event

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P043/20

Updated: 05 March 2021