Mother of murdered woman speaks at domestic violence conference.

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The mother of a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend, was one of the key speakers at a conference aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence issues.

Nearly 200 delegates attended the “Take the Step: then, now and future” conference at Lancashire Police headquarters in Hutton, where Penny Clough, who rose to prominence as campaigner for better protection for victims of domestic violence after her daughter, Jane, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2010, spoke.

The conference was part of the “Take the Step” campaign, launched last year by Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, who opened the conference, on behalf of the Safer Lancashire Network.

The campaign focuses on empowering Lancashire’s domestic violence victims to Take the Step and Make the Call – so that they get the help they need.

Safiya Badat, Deputy Chief Executive of Preston Domestic Violence Services, said: “This conference celebrates the 20th anniversary of Preston Domestic Violence Services.

“Over those 20 years, we have supported thousands of victims/survivors and developed a range of services to meet their needs and I would like to thank everyone who has made that possible: staff, students volunteers and all of our funders.”