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1989 - 2003  Women's Aid Northern Ireland Statistics

 

Year

No.advice calls (helpline & local groups)

No. of women accommodated in refuge

No. of children accommodated in refuge

1989/90

2654

456

804

1990/91

3735

658

982

1991/92

2587

589

1034

1992/93

3238

627

1131

1993/94

6595

671

1139

1994/95

8029

737

1234

1995/96

10210

916

1460

1996/97

13484

923

1467

1997/98

13836

908

1408

1998/99

17832

1154

1831

1999/00

25,547

1193

1619

2000/01

34796

1076

1465

2001/02

37224

1174

1414

2002/03 31887 989 1112

Totals

49851

 

12071

18098

The Women’s Aid Helpline is a highly valued and vital resource. It is the only service of its kind in Northern Ireland. It helps thousands of women in crisis each year. There have been 78,265 calls to the Helpline since it was established in 1995.

Calls to the Helpline have continued to increase this financial year. We note a 12% increase on last year’s figures with a total of 17,580 calls received throughout the year.  The primary source of calls is women in crisis. The second key constituency of Helpline users is statutory services working in the domestic violence field – primarily police officers and social workers. Health visitors, social workers and health care professionals use the Helpline as a means of increasing support to the women and families with whom they work. Secure funding from a variety of sources is vital to support both women in crisis and the agencies working with them. In the year 2002/2003 the highest proportion of calls came from the Greater Belfast area. However, there was an increase in calls from rural areas, especially the North Down and Ards, Lisburn, Downpatrick and Ballymena area. Analysis of calls statistics reveal that the further prospective callers are from Belfast, the less likely they are to call the Helpline.

The Helpline referred 482 women and 645 children to Women’s Aid refuges from April 2002-March 2003.

Last year, the local Women’s Aid groups accommodated 989 women and 1,112 children in refuges throughout Northern Ireland. They responded to at least 14,307 telephone requests for advice and information. At least 4,451 women used their local Women’s Aid group for non-accommodation support such as; court accompaniment; aftercare; one-one; attending courses; and drop-in sessions.

 

For more information download our PDF version of the 2002/2003 Annual Report