Conference to discuss violence

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A CONFERENCE to highlight the issue of violence against women is taking place in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Thursday (March 21).

‘Violence Against Women - The Toxic Worm’ is being organised by Angus Women’s Aid a key member of the Angus Violence against Women Partnership.

Anne Brown, chief executive officer of Angus Women’s Aid said: “The conference aims to broaden our understanding of violence against Women and to clarify that domestic abuse can, and does, encompass all of the topics to be discussed on the day.”

Adrian McLaughlin, chair of Angus Violence against Women Partnership said: “The ‘toxic worm’ of the conference title has been described by women who suffer domestic abuse: the ‘worm’ stays in their head even once they are free of abuse, and pollutes their thoughts.”

Speakers will include Pragna Patel from Southall Black Sisters; consultant clinical psychologist Dr Sandra Ferguson and a representative from Strathclyde Police Domestic Abuse Task Force.

Mr McLaughlin concluded:“In Angus, police deal with around 1,100 incidents of domestic abuse annually - and these are only the reported cases.

“Everyone needs to know that all forms of domestic abuse, whether physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, are entirely unacceptable.

“There are places for women to go, and services to help them and their children, and they don’t need to suffer in silence.”