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Domestic violence on political agenda
DOMESTIC violence will take centre stage at an event held by the Labour Party in Swindon.
On Saturday the party will be hosting a domestic abuse roundtable event with special guest speakers who are experts on the subject.
There will be an opportunity to hear from Olwen Kelly, director of Swindon Women’s Aid, and Frank Mullane, of Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA), on issues surrounding domestic abuse and its effects on families and children.
The event will form part of a continuing campaign by the Labour Party to highlight the effects domestic abuse can have on families locally.
The Labour Party are keen to hear the views of Swindon residents on the issues surrounding domestic abuse, and its effects on families and children, as part of Labour’s national “Your Britain” programme of events designed to help shape domestic abuse prevention and awareness strategies.
Councillor Cindy Matthews, shadow lead on children's services, said: “It is the first of a series of policy forums, and the idea is to open it to the public and to have people there who can inform people.
“For me it is a subject that is quite close to my heart.
“We had an incident in my family and I had a colleague who was killed at the hands of their partner.
“It is important to raise people’s awareness of the issue right from when they are young.
“People think it doesn’t happen in their class of people but it is something that takes place across all classes.”
Olwen Kelly said: “I’m delighted that the Labour Party have invited me to talk about domestic violence and I believe that this is an important issue that affects people in our community.
“It is vital that people are aware that they are not alone and the support that is available for them.”
The event will take place at the Broadgreen Community Centre, Salisbury Street, starting at 10am.
If you would like to attend contact Chris O’Brien at 01793 230657 or email at chris.obrien@ southswindonlabour.co.uk