Children caught in the crossfire

The Impact of Domestic Abuse Upon Children - Conference & Drama at Leigh Sports Village Stadium:  Abby Ogier, from Barnardo's, left, Pat Craven, from The Freedom Project, Keith Seddon, GM Police, Frances Heaton QC, from Deans Court Chambers, Mike Devlin, from event hosts Stephensons Solicitors, Frances Topping, from Wigan Council, and John Woudberg and Claire Moore, from the Certain Curtain Theatre Company
The Impact of Domestic Abuse Upon Children - Conference & Drama at Leigh Sports Village Stadium: Abby Ogier, from Barnardo's, left, Pat Craven, from The Freedom Project, Keith Seddon, GM Police, Frances Heaton QC, from Deans Court Chambers, Mike Devlin, from event hosts Stephensons Solicitors, Frances Topping, from Wigan Council, and John Woudberg and Claire Moore, from the Certain Curtain Theatre Company
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THE traumatic and far-reaching effects domestic violence can have on children caught in the crossfire was tackled at a major conference.

A series of presentations by leading experts was given at the event hosted by Wigan Council, Barnardo’s, 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, along with 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.

Mike Devlin, of Stephensons, said: “The overriding aim was to promote a multi-agency approach to domestic abuse in our region.”