More than 100 professionals and members of the voluntary sector have gathered at Hertsmere Borough Council's Civic Offices today for a conference focusing on a wide range of themes associated with domestic violence.

The event, hosted by the Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans and Hertsmere Domestic Violence Fora, included sessions on housing options for victims, how non-violent offences of domestic abuse can be dealt with, financial abuse of older people and the victimisation of people who have mental illness or learning disabilities.

Councillor Morris Bright, leader of Hertsmere Borough Council said: "The many themes explored during this conference really reflect the complexities associated with domestic violence, but also the wide range of expertise that we have on hand both in Hertfordshire and nationally to support victims and tackle perpetrators.

“The event was also an ideal opportunity for professionals and volunteers to network and share best practice."

Penny Williams, chair of the St Albans and Hertsmere Domestic Violence Forum, added: "Our aim is to shine a light on the many hidden victims of domestic abuse. This is the eighth annual conference that the two fora have put on with the aim of expanding the knowledge of domestic abuse amongst statutory and voluntary organisations so that they can better help people coming to them for support and share their experiences."