On Friday 8 March, a number of professional attendees and partners were invited to the ‘Speak Up’ domestic abuse conference to listen to discussions around the effects unhealthy relationships can have on individuals and families.
There were presentations from service users, survivors and professionals to highlight their personal experiences of domestic abuse and the impact it has had on lives.
Discussions from IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services), Berneslai Homes, Inspire to Change, and Barnsley Council were held to raise awareness around the various activities that are ongoing within the borough that tackle the issue of unhealthy relationships.
This event aimed to highlight the effect of domestic abuse helping GP’s, healthcare professionals and schools support residents in the wider community. By providing them with the tools to recognise the signs of domestic abuse in a relationship, victims will be able to find the early support that they need from their local services.
The conference was a great success, highlighting how unhealthy relationships can affect families in a variety of ways, and how services can support the victims allowing them to move forward and reduce the impact of domestic abuse.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said; “The Speak Up conference was a great demonstration of why our services are so important for the residents of Barnsley. We need to carry on educating people on the impact of domestic abuse and the effect it can have on all of those involved. If you have any concerns about your relationship or a family member, contact IDAS on 03000 110 110”.
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