EMBARGOED: 12 NOON, MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER 1999
WOMEN’S AID LAUNCHES NEW SERVICE
WHEN HOME IS WHERE THE HURT IS
Women’s Aid today reached another crucial stage in the development of their
services for women and children who have suffered domestic violence.
At the celebratory event in The Irish Linen Centre marking the launch of
refuge and support services, Lisburn Women’s Aid shared their success and
achievement with the local community and special guests.
Monica McWilliams, Assembly Member for The Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition,
was guest speaker at the launch. The
refuge offers safe, temporary accommodation to women and children who are
escaping the horror of violence and abuse in their own homes.
is a bittersweet moment of celebration for the committee, staff and volunteers,
who now fully realise the true need for this service. In only five months, the refuge has already accommodated
almost 70 women and children. Lisburn
Women’s Aid is proud to be able to support women and children, but regrets the
pain and suffering experienced by so many.
launch marks the end of three years of hard work for Lisburn Women’s Aid.
The refuge was jointly planned and developed with Ulidia Housing
Association, whose representative addressed the guests from local organisations
in Lisburn. In addition, Angela
Courtney from Northern Ireland Women’s Aid Federation and Colin McKay from
Down Lisburn Health and Social Services Trust, lent their support, both to the
event and to the work of the last three years.
Carson, the Chairperson of Lisburn Women’s Aid, took the opportunity to thank
all their supporters and funders. She
“While we are proud of our
achievement to date, we know that we must continue our efforts to ensure
the safety of abused women and children.
We urge our voluntary and statutory partners to continue to support
Women’s Aid and to work towards safer homes and communities for
Women’s Aid invites any woman experiencing abuse at home to contact them for
support or accommodation. You can
telephone us on 01846 629444, or call
to our Outreach Centre at 16 Bachelors
Walk on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm.
Alternatively you can contact Women’s Aid on our 24
hour Helpline on 01232 331818.
Notes to the Editor:
From 1 April 1998 to 31 March
1999, Northern Ireland Women’s Aid received 17,832 calls from women seeking
information or help. 8,000 of these
calls were to our 24 hour Helpline.
1,154 women were accommodated in
Women’s Aid refuges throughout Northern Ireland.
1,831 children were accommodated in the refuges.
The RUC responded to 14,429
domestic incidents, 6,385 of which involved physical violence.
89% of the victims of that violence were women.
Since June 1999, 27 women and 39
children have sought temporary accommodation in the new Lisburn refuge.
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