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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 September, 2004, 07:01 GMT 08:01 UK
Forum addresses domestic violence
Domestic violence image. Posed by models
People become victims in their own home.
The pioneer of the modern women's refuge movement will make the opening address at a conference on domestic violence on Thursday.

During her first ever visit to north-east England, Erin Pizzey will speak at 'Step into the Future' organised by Derwentside Domestic Violence Forum.

The Forum will unveil its new poster campaign at the one-day conference.

This focuses on the wide variety of people who may become victims of violence in their own home.

In 1971 Ms Pizzey founded the first refuge for victims of domestic violence, and is widely credited with bringing the subject to public attention.

Speakers at Thursday's conference will discuss elder abuse, violence against men and same-sex violence.

Maggie Thompson, project leader at Derwentside Domestic Violence forum said: "We are addressing domestic violence across the board, as a human issue rather than a gender issue."

The conference is being held at Derwent Manor Hotel, Allensford, near Consett.

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