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News: Tackling Domestic Violence

Tuesday, 23rd March 2004
(PR 1192)

Journalists are invited to attend a conference aimed at highlighting the problem of domestic violence.

The event will look at a range of themes including the scale of domestic violence, improving help for victims and improving communications between organisations.

The conference takes place on 25th March 2004 at the Swallow Hotel, Samlesbury, near Preston.

The Key speakers are:

Hazel Harding - Leader of Lancashire County Council,

Steven Finnigan - Deputy Chief Constable,

Baroness Scotland of Asthal - Minister,

Annie Marjoram - Advisor to the Mayor of London,

Marilyn Mornington - District Judge

Valerie Wise from Preston Women's Refuge.

Delegates will look at ways to improve partnership working across the country and proposals for future working in Lancashire.

Representatives from the police, local authorities, voluntary organisations, health bodies, justice agencies and crime partnerships will attend.

The media are invited to attend the morning sessions to hear presentations from 9.30am.

Journalists are unable to attend the afternoon workshops, however the outcomes will be made available.


9.30am Registration

9.45am Welcome and Introduction

County Councillor Hazel Harding, Leader of Lancashire County Council

Steven Finnigan, Deputy Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary

10.15am A strategic approach in London

Anni Marjoram, Policy Adviser to the Mayor of London

11:00am Issues for the Justice System

Marilyn Mornington, District Judge

11.30am Break

11.45am A local service provider's perspective

Valerie Wise, Director - Preston Women's Refuge

12.15pm A Message from Baroness Scotland QC

Video message from the Minister of State for the Criminal Justice System and Law Reform

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Workshop Session

Selection of discussion topics with introductions from Best Practice locally and around the Country

2.30pm Break

3.00pm Workshop Session

4.00pm Feedback, next steps and closing remarks