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Unreported domestic abuse far exceeds crime figures

Still from the film '25 minutes of a life' Credit: Bhulla Beghal

Experts are warning many victims of domestic abuse in the West Midlands are suffering in silence, after a conference heard 25,000 women were helped by organisations in Birmingham in the last year alone.

Delegates at the event organised by Midlands housing Association the Accord Group heard how women need to be helped across every community in the region, as the number of cases of violence and abuse far exceed the numbers reported to police.

11,500
cases of domestic violence reported to police.
2,500
cases involved South Asian households.
25,000
women were helped by organisations across Birmingham.

Helplines & information about domestic abuse

Advice for those who may be suffering from domestic abuse Credit: PA

Experts say more than 25 thousand women needed help after suffering domestic abuse across Birmingham last year.

If you need any help or advice on the subject of domestic violence you can visit the following websites for more information.

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Funding cuts mean uncertain future for Lincoln charity

A charity which helps homeless people in Lincoln says their future is under threat.

The Framework project at the Corner House could close due to lack of funding

Framework which is based at The Corner House will have their funding cut at the start of May. Lincolnshire County Council say the charity, which helps people with substance misuse issues, needed to secure funding elsewhere.

Drive to recruit more nurses for child care in Leicester

The Glenfield Hospital in Leicester needs more nurses Credit: ITV News Central

Health bosses are stepping up their efforts to find more nurses to care for child patients at one the region's main heart hospitals.

A recruitment open day is being held this Saturday for qualified nurses to join the Children's Cardiac Unit at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital.

The unit is currently being expanded to provide better facilities to care for children born with congenital heart disease.

We are passionate about providing the highest standard of care to children born with congenital heart disease and are currently expanding our unit with ambitious plans to provide even better facilities for our families and staff.

– Carmel Hunt, matron for paediatric cardiology, Glenfield Hospital

On the day there will be interview opportunities, informal discussions with senior members of nursing staff, recruitment incentives, and department tours and goodie bags. A presentation will be followed by a free lunch and an opportunity to ask any questions.

Doctors urged to do more to tackle bowel cancer

Bowel cancer costs the NHS more than £100m a year Credit: PA

The Beating Bowel Cancer charity is urging doctors in the East Midlands to do more to tackle late diagnosis of the disease.

It claims some clinical commissioning groups in the region are some of the worst in the country at securing an early diagnosis. It's estimated the issue costs the NHS more than £100 million a year.

It's unacceptable that there are CCGs in England that diagnose less than 1 in 3 patients at an early stage.

If they all performed as well as the best, thousands of lives could be saved and millions of pounds could be freed up to be used for other bowel cancer treatments, which patients are frequently told are unaffordable.

– Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive, Beating Bowel Cancer

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Conference discusses plans to make Lincoln 'dementia friendly'

A conference is being held today aimed at making the city of Lincoln 'dementia friendly'.

Nationally around one in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia and in Lincolnshire alone it is estimated that over the next ten years the number of people living with some form of dementia will rise by forty per cent.

Gill Collins from Dementia Action Alliance says it is vital people are more aware of the condition:

Walk in honour of tragic Birmingham doctor, told to 'find a cure' for being gay

The fiancé of a Birmingham-born Harley Street doctor who killed himself after his mother told him to find a “cure” for being gay has embarked on a 130-mile sponsored walk.

Dr Nazim Mahmood killed himself after confiding his sexuality to his mother. Credit: BPM Media

Matt Ogston set off from London on Saturday to raise awareness and funds for the Naz and Matt Foundation, launched following the death of Dr Nazim Mahmood.

The University of Birmingham graduate, who was from Handsworth, was in a relationship with Mr Ogston for 13 years before he fell from the balcony of his mansion block penthouse in West Hampstead on July 30 last year.

An inquest last year heard that Dr Mahmood, who specialised in cosmetic beauty procedures, took his own life just two days after confiding in his Muslim mother for the first time about his sexuality.

The court was told she suggested he saw a psychiatrist to find a “cure” when he revealed his sexuality.

Mr Ogston was joined by friends and supporters for the start of the eight-day walk to Handsworth Cemetery, where Dr Mahmood is buried.

Describing him as his eternal soulmate, he said the couple met in Birmingham and lived in the city before moving to London to escape Dr Mahmood’s family and live “a free life.”

He had no history of mental health problems or depression before taking his own life.

Matt Ogston had been in a relationship with Nazim Mahmood for 13 years. Credit: BPM Media

“Naz was the most inspirational, loving and caring man you will ever meet.

He had come to the conclusion that he would probably never be able to tell his family.

But just two days before he passed away he was asked and he admitted he was gay, that he planned to marry me

I only wish we had had longer to talk it through.”

– Matt Ogston
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