A LEADING Black Country charity is set to raise awareness of the horrors of domestic violence this weekend.

The team behind the Saleem Foundation will host a film screening and public event in Halesowen on Saturday (February 22).

The day will see a sold out public premiere of their hard-hitting documentary 'The Hidden Scars', which uses local talent to show the devastating impact of domestic violence on families.

The second part of the day, which is open to the public in the afternoon, will see live performances and speeches in the Cornbow Shopping Centre.

Dignitary guests will include Mayor of Dudley Cllr David Stanley, leader of Dudley Council Cllr Patrick Harley, Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner and MP for Dudley South Mike Wood.

Representatives from Dudley Safe & Sound, Halesowen Police Neighbouring team, Victim Support, Gallop LGBT, Mankind and Barnados will also be on hand to give advice.

Cllr Steve Waltho, chairman of the foundation, said “We at TSF are committed to raise awareness for serious issues and domestic abuse whether that is violence or emotional abuse is right up. We hope we can encourage people to speak out. This day will give them guidance and how to reach out for help.”

Shaz Saleem, founder of charity and director of 'The Hidden Scars', added: “We would encourage every one to come and support our event as we raise awareness for this horrible crime. Our film has been heavily praised by every person who has seen it, and we hope it will encourage people who are experiencing this crime to seek help.

"We want to thank our sponsors Nationwide Assist, Toyata and Express Taxis Halesowen who have supported us and more importantly we thank Eve from the Cornbow Shopping centre for allowing us to host this event. TSF is committed to changing lives for the better and building hope for the future.”

'The Hidden Scars' will be available to watch on The Saleem Foundation's social media platforms from 3pm on the same day.