Alarming leap in violence in Hunter

THE Newcastle Domestic Violence committee is alarmed by the growing number of domestic violence cases reported in the Hunter.

Newcastle Domestic Violence Committee chairwoman Sue Collins said domestic assault figures rose sharply in the Hunter in the last financial year - 2974, compared to 2538 in the year prior.

She said girls were the most persecuted group of people in the world, and Hunter women were no different.

With this in mind, the Newcastle Domestic Violence Committee has teamed up with the Newcastle Amnesty International to host a special screening of the documentary I am a Girl to mark International Women's Day.

Inspiring change will be be theme for this year's event.

The movie explores the lives of several girls living in various countries, including Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Cameroon.

Also on display before the movie will be a series of images compiled by Jude Conway, which date back to 1944, and a musical performance by singer Jade Nwokedi.

All money raised on the night will be donated to the Dale School Young Mothers Program at St Philip's Christian College, Waratah.

■ I am a Girl will screen at Tower Cinemas this Friday, March 7 at 6pm. Tickets are available from iamagirl.eventbrite.com.au, tickets cost $15.

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