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WSP Solicitors highlight all forms of Domestic Abuse in landmark event at University of Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire law firm, WSP Solicitors have announced their first Domestic Abuse Awareness Forum, to be held on the 23rd of May, at the University of Gloucestershire Business School. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness on all forms of domestic abuse, locally and nationally, to educate, empower and inform attendees.
WSP Solicitors’ Family Law Department see the effects domestic abuse has on families, individuals, and children on a regular basis, through the work they do. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in England and Wales have experienced domestic abuse (ONS: Nov 2022).
“Understanding Domestic Abuse is about understanding that there are many ways a person can be abused. They are not just physical or sexual” says Keasha Kellam, founder of Honour Thy Woman. “I think society paints this picture so much, that we fail to realise we are actually being controlled or abused”.
WSP Solicitors aim is to discuss all forms of abuse including physical, sexual, financial, emotional, digital, coercive, and psychological, engaging local people and businesses under one roof. This event will be a combination of exhibitors, keynote speakers and a panel discussion with the purpose of growing awareness of all types of abuse people experience.
Alongside exhibitors and panel members from Barnardos, The Nelson Trust, The Hollie Gazzard Trust, GDASS, Albion Chambers and more, there will be two keynote speakers. Keasha Kellam, founder of Honour Thy Woman, a community support group in Gloucestershire that supports domestic abuse survivors in the local area. Keasha will be speaking as a victim dealing with the abuse she suffered, which included emotional and financial abuse. Alongside Keasha, David Challen will also be speaking. David is a domestic abuse campaigner, writer, and keynote speaker. He successfully campaigned to free his mother Sally Challen in a landmark appeal recognising the lifetime of coercive control she suffered in 2019.
Exhibiting at the campus in support of the event will be Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS), Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (GRASAC), The Hollie Gazzard Trust, Honor Thy Woman, The Nelson Trust, PRG-Fearless, Street, Stroud Women’s Refuge and WSP Solicitors.
The event will be taking place on the 23rd of May at the University of Gloucestershire Business School at Oxstalls Campus. For all information on how to secure your ticket please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/domestic-abuse-awareness-gloucestershire-2023-tickets-595646423487