Ninety professionals from across Hertsmere, Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans gathered virtually for the annual Domestic Abuse Conference, with this year’s focus being the impact of domestic abuse on minority and vulnerable groups.
Organised by the Domestic Abuse Fora for the three districts and borough areas, the online conference included a whole host of information and interactive opportunities for the delegates.
These included sessions on older people affected by coercive control; raising awareness of domestic abuse in Jewish communities; a presentation about supporting LGBT+ domestic abuse survivors and children abuse on adults.
Valerie Kane, Chair of the Hertsmere and St Albans Domestic Abuse Forum, said: “These conferences always provide us with a great opportunity to learn about the latest research or emerging best practice. This year was no different, and everyone was undaunted by the requirements to hold the conference online because of social distancing measures.
“We’re all acutely aware of the increased pressure and stresses in households over recent months and the need to ensure that we do even more to provide support and encourage communities to look out for each other. I would urge anyone affected by, or concerned about, domestic abuse to seek help or advice as soon as possible.”
The confidential Herts Domestic Abuse Line offers callers affected by domestic abuse a supportive response, detailed referral information and access to a range of support agencies.
The helpline number is 08 088 088 088.
For support or more information about domestic abuse, please visit hertsmere.gov.uk/domesticabuse.