Coming together against domestic abuse 

These hands are not for hurting
These hands are not for hurting...

Bolton Council and multi-faith organisations are urging people to join them at the ‘Coming Together Against Domestic Abuse’ conference on Monday, June 16 to help stop domestic abuse.

The conference aims to increase people’s general knowledge and awareness of domestic abuse and of the services available in Bolton that can help.

It also offers an opportunity for those experiencing or witnessing domestic abuse to meet specialists and find out about what support is available for them.

Bolton Council has worked closely with partners including Greater Manchester Police to establish a Domestic Abuse and Violence Partnership and have developed a robust strategy and plan to address domestic abuse issues in Bolton with key actions identified for development and delivery.

The ‘Coming Together Against Domestic Abuse’ conference is free and open to both men and women as well as community and faith groups. The event takes place at the Quebec Hall, Quebec St, Bolton BL3 5LY between 5pm and 8pm on Monday, June 16.

Everyone is welcome to attend and there are opportunities to get information and guidance from specialist providers including Fortalice, Paws For Kids, Victim Support and Forbes Solicitors, Greater Manchester Police and Bolton Council.

The Chair of Bolton’s Faith Leader’s Forum, Bishop Christopher Edmondson, who will be chairing the event, stressed how the issue was a major community concern.

He said: “Domestic abuse is everybody’s business, including faith leaders, organisations and community members. It’s everyone’s responsibility to end domestic abuse.

“Freedom from violence and abuse is a basic human right. Domestic Abuse has no place in a caring and respectful relationship.

“Everyone, whether they have a faith or not, has an important role to play in responding to domestic violence. Together we can respond effectively to domestic abuse and violence and work towards a borough where Bolton residents don’t suffer as victims of such abuse.”

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Police and Community Safety, Councillor Derek Burrows, said: “Domestic abuse is a very serious issue and can involve physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse which can affect anyone.

“Victims should not suffer in silence as there are people that can help and anyone witnessing domestic violence should ensure they report it. I really urge anyone affected to come along to the conference and find out more about what help is on offer.”

For more information about the event, please telephone 01204 331080.

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