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Study highlights family violence
More than 34,000 women from Newcastle will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, according to new research in the city.

The figure is included in the findings of a year-long study into the impact of violence within families.

The study, commissioned by the city's Primary Care Trust and Newcastle Community Action on Health will help shape future policy on the issue.

The report - Tackling Domestic Violence - urges awareness training in schools.

Young people

The study revealed that in nine out of 10 cases of domestic violence, children were in the same or adjoining room.

Catherine Fitt, Newcastle City Council's executive director of children's services, said: "It is essential that domestic violence is tackled urgently in Newcastle for everyone's sake - but especially children and young people."

Lesley Storey, domestic violence co-ordinator for Safe Newcastle, added: "Domestic violence is the single biggest issue to tackle as a city.

"The findings of the report are significant for the city as it will shape the services we provide to tackle domestic abuse, based on real life experiences of local residents."

The report will be a major element of the city's first ever Domestic Violence Strategy, which is due to be rolled out in June.



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