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Council to host free conference on domestic abuse

News release from 19/11/2018

CAMBRIDGE City Council is holding a free conference on domestic abuse to mark the national White Ribbon Day and the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.

The one-day event at the Guildhall on Thursday 22 November will feature a variety of guest speakers including a keynote speech by Luke Hart, whose mother and sister were murdered by his father, on ‘The Invidious Nature of Coercive Control.’

Other speakers include representatives from the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, Cambridge Women’s Aid, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the council’s White Ribbon Ambassadors.

The White Ribbon Campaign works to engage men in speaking out about violence against women and girls, and to challenge gender stereotypes underpinning such violence. The council achieved White Ribbon accreditation in 2015 to show its work in support of the aims of the campaign.

White Ribbon Day is held on 25 November to coincide with the UN’s Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.

The conference at the Guildhall is free to attend, but anyone wishing to do so should register in advance on Eventbrite at before 5pm on Tuesday 20 November or phone 01223 457808.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “Domestic abuse is not something that happens elsewhere to other people. It happens in our city, to us, our friends, our family members, our colleagues.

“As a council we want to do everything we can to tackle domestic abuse and its causes, both in Cambridge and around the world. We are proud to work with groups in Cambridge who support both survivors of domestic abuse and those at risk of it, and we fully support the White Ribbon campaign.

“The conference at the Guildhall next week will provide an excellent opportunity to hear from groups who provide vital support for those affected by domestic violence, and those who work to prevent it.”

“I would urge anyone interested in helping to end the scourge of domestic abuse to come and listen to the speakers and meet other attendees. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many organisations and individuals in Cambridge who work so hard to support victims and survivors.”

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