Child victims to the fore

The Impact of Domestic Abuse Upon Children - Conference & Drama at Leigh Sports Village Stadium
The Impact of Domestic Abuse Upon Children - Conference & Drama at Leigh Sports Village Stadium

THE traumatic and far-reaching effects domestic violence can have on children caught in the crossfire was tackled at a major Wigan borough conference.

A series of presentations by leading experts was given at the event which was hosted by Wigan Council, Barnardo’s, regional family law firm Stephensons Solicitors and The Freedom Programme at Leigh Sports Village.

A provocative play from the Certain Curtain Theatre brought the issue of domestic abuse to life, even more so a talk by Trevor Fairhurst, the Hindley dad whose daughter Carly was killed by her violent boyfriend six years ago.

Around 200 professionals who work with children and families affected by domestic abuse attended. Greater Manchester Police’s Public Protection Department spoke about Clare’s Law and the right to ask for information about a partner’s history of domestic violence, while Pat Craven, of the Freedom Programme, gave a talk about female victims.

Mike Devlin, managing partner of the family law department at Stephensons, said: “The overriding aim was to promote a multi-agency approach to domestic abuse in our region.”

Mark Lee, director of Barnardo’s North West, said: “This conference was a positive step forward in terms of raising awareness of domestic abuse and we’re proud to be a part of it.”