Thursday, 29 April 2010

This afternoon I chaired the conference aimed at ending violence towards women and girls...

The 'Our Shared Responsibility' event brought together coleagues from agencies across the city who are working with girls and young women with a particular focus on how together we can improve their safety and reduce harm. The latest figures suggest that over 100000 women experience domestic abuse every year, 10000 women are sexually assaulted every week and 750000 children witness domestic violence each year here in the UK.

We were looking at how we might develop our vision for services for children and young people affected by domestic violence and we had inputs from colleagues from Safer Leeds, Education Leeds, NHS Leeds and Jo Sharpen, the author of the Department of Health Toolkit 'Improving Safety, Reducing Harm'.

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