White Ribbon Supper in Ballymena for Victims of Domestic Abuse

1 December, 2012


For immediate release

1st December 2012

White Ribbon Supper for Victims of Domestic Abuse

Women’s Aid (ABCLN) held a White Ribbon Supper event in Montgomery’s, Ballymena on Saturday 1st December 2012, to raise funds, in their continued support for women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse in the local community.   Mayor of Ballymena, Alderman P J McAvoy attended the event along with staff, volunteers and friends of Women’s Aid.

The White Ribbon Campaign is an international campaign, started by men in 1991 who believed more should be done to highlight their condemnation of violence against women. Wearing a White Ribbon is a symbol the wearer pledges ‘never to commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women’.   

The White Ribbon Campaign event was part of a number of planned events organised during ‘The 16 Days of Action’ which runs every year from 25th November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against   Women until 10th December, International Human Rights Day.

Karen McConkey,  Finance  Manager  from Women’s Aid (ABCLN) said: “The 16 Days of Action are significant dates in our diary, when we are on an international level jointly speaking out about violence perpetrated against women in the home”.  

Fran O’Boyle, Services Manager from Women’s Aid (ABCLN) added:  “A warm thank you for the support from Montgomery’s for hosting the White Ribbon Supper, to all the local businesses who donated and to Q Network for promotion of the event.  All funds raised will support women and children in the local community”.  

Women who are experiencing domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414 or read about our services by visiting
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For further information contact: The Naomi Centre, 02825632136 or email

Notes to Editor

Women’s Aid is dedicated to providing refuge, support, information and training to women and children who are suffering abuse within the home, in the Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey areas.  

For more information about our work visit: www.womens-aid.org.uk
Women who are experiencing violence can call the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 917 1414

Every penny raised supports women and children in your community.
Donations can be made by:
Post:    Phone:
Women’s Aid ABCLN
Naomi Centre
2 Cullybackey Road
Ballymena BT43 5DF    T 028 2563 2136