The current statistics for domestic abuse are shocking. Nationally 100,000 people are at risk of serious harm or murder, and, on average, two women a week are killed by a male and/or former partner. Add to that the 130,000 children currently living with domestic abuse and the scale of the problem becomes apparent.
That's why Northumberland County Council have joined with Northumberland Safer Partnership and Northumberland Safeguarding Children's Board to tackle the issue head on.
On Thursday, 29 August, they brought together 150 specialists from services which provide help and assistance to victims of abuse across the county. The conference is simply named 'Enough' and the aim is to improve the way they work together to stop abuse.
"Well will use the key messages and actions from [the] event to help promote awareness of domestic abuse, opening the doors and highlighting the services on offer," said Paul Moffat, Director of Children's Services in Northumberland.
He says the purpose of the conference is to "to provide a preventative and inclusive approach to this hidden harm to ensure Northumberland is a safer place to live.
- In Northumberland there were 3,769 incidents in 2012/13 financial year.
- So far this financial year (since April) 1,702 incidents in Northumberland
- There are around 28,000 reports of domestic violence in the Northumbria force area each year
- 2,270 incidents per month (average)
- 2,000 victims every month (average)
Among the special guests speaking at the event was the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird. She said that calling conference 'Enough' was a very ambitious statement "to say no more domestic or sexual abuse.
"We've made some progress but there is a lot more progress to do. Let's all get together and think what more we can do to add to how we work on this.
"I have made a strong suggestion, I hope, that we should perhaps co-locate some of the services that currently help people. So all a person has to do if they are in that position, they don't have to work out who to call, they just have one helpline they just ask. Then it is up to the services to sort out what their needs are, and then meet them."