Families who face living with the heartache after losing a loved one at the hands of a killer will gather together this weekend.
The National Victims’ Association will host its annual conference in the North East this weekend.
The event will see founder David Hines launch a campaign which will call on the Government to remove convicted killers from the Human Rights Act, or exclude them from the Bill of Rights which could be passed.
The relatives of murder and manslaughter victims from Wearside will be among those to attend the conference, including Sharon Henderson, mother of Nikki Allan, who was stabbed to death in Sunderland’s East End in 1992, and has fought to bring her murderer to justice.
The conference will see people from across the UK travel to the region, which is in its 18th year.
A North East coroner and MPs from the region will be among the speakers. Mr Hines, who set up the charity after the murder of his daughter Marie, who was killed by her former partner in 1992, said: “This is an opportunity to rekindle friendships and for them to meet somebody else who has been through the same thing.
“A lot of them feel isolated and spend the rest of the year sitting in their homes.”
A Homicide Action Group representative will also speak, as will Nigel Smith, a solicitor for Slater and Gordon, who will talk about financial support available.
The conference is on Saturday at the Little Haven Hotel, South Shields, from 9am.