Domestic abuse victim airs struggle at Welwyn Garden City-based conference

PUBLISHED: 17:37 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:46 06 March 2017

The conference is a joint enterprise between Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans and Hertsmere Domestic Abuse Fora.

The conference is a joint enterprise between Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans and Hertsmere Domestic Abuse Fora.

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A man who suffered domestic abuse spoke about his experiences to 150 professionals and members of the voluntary sector at a Welwyn Garden City-based conference.

The young man, who wished to remain anonymous, opened this year’s Domestic Abuse Conference at Campus West.

He explained how the emotional abuse he suffered at the hands of a former same-sex partner led him to lose his home and had a devastating impact on his mental health.

He is now in a happy relationship and routinely visits schools to talk to youngsters about his experiences.

It is the 14th year of the conference, which is a joint enterprise between Welwyn Hatfield, St Albans and Hertsmere Domestic Abuse Fora.

This year’s conference – held last Friday – was themed around male perpetrators and victims, and also featured talks and presentations from other organisations.

Valerie Kane, chairman of the St Albans and Hertsmere Domestic Abuse Forum, said: “Male victims and perpetrators tend to be forgotten.

“Men who may be experiencing abuse often worry they won’t be believed or no-one will take them seriously; while men who are inflicting abuse on others, don’t always get the intervention they need to change their attitude and behaviour.

“Our aim with this conference has been to highlight the issue and raise awareness of the range of support available to men and agencies who work with male victims and perpetrators, so we can all do more.”

The confidential Hertfordshire Domestic Violence/Abuse Line offers domestic violence sufferers a supportive response, detailed referral information and access to a range of support agencies.

The helpline number is 08 088 088 088.


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