Professionals in Richmond have been invited to attend a seminar in aide of International Women's Day to highlight the signs if hidden abuse.

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

Richmond Council and the Richmond Community Safety Partnership is marking the day by hosting the event on March 9, between 9.15pm - 1pm at York House, Twickenham.

Speakers from specialist organisations, including Age UK, Surviving Economic Abuse, Refuge and Abianda, will be talking about the issues faced by women and girls.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council with responsibility for Community Safety, said:“Domestic abuse shatters lives and we are determined to ensure that victims always have the support they need to ensure their safety and the safety of any children.

“The Council and local organisations have been working extremely hard to tackle the issues of domestic violence against women and girls.

“Last year we launched our new Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.

"We all need to understand the signs and what to do if we are concerned.

“Therefore, I urge any professional in the borough who work with women or children to attend this free, insightful event.”

The event is open to businesses and professionals in the borough who work with women.

International Women's Day falls on March 8 and, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The aim of the event is to increase professionals’ knowledge and awareness around the less well-known aspects of Domestic Abuse. Presentations will consider:

- Elder Abuse

- Economic Abuse

- Women with Complex Needs

- Young Women and Gangs