Conference on countering Domestic Abuse
The Club organised the first of what are hoped to be annual conferences on important topics in the community.
The first of the Rotary Club organised,
Cockermouth Conferences was on the issue of Countering Domestic Abuse & Modern Day
Slavery. The conference heard how
agencies such as Victim Support could step in and shelter
victims as they rebuilt their lives. Keynote speaker, Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Peter
McCall said the police were now putting much more effort into
tackling domestic violence. But he added it was important with
this "unseen crime" that all of society tries to spot the issue
and if necessary guide people to the organisations such as
Victim Support. Taking part in the conference, which was organised jointly by
Rotary and Cockermouth Churches Together were: Cumbria Police & Crime Commissioner - Peter McCall, Victim Support's Sarah Place, Turning the Spotlight's Laraine Carr and Modern Day Slavery was described by Detective Chief Inspector Craig Smith. The Rotary team of Andy Carter and Val Ayre have also facilitated follow up Domestic
Champions training. Information stands at the event were set up by: Freedom Project, Safety Net, Cumbria Police, Barnardo's,
Churches Together in Cockermouth, Cockermouth Soroptomists,
Victim Support & Turning the Spotlight, Calderwood House and Samaritans.
If you needs help dealing with domestic abuse this webpage has a list of confidential contact options.