5 May, 2015


5 May 2015 
For immediate release
Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey  (ABCLN) was joined by representatives from the PSNI, Thomas Hogg, Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey, MLA Pam Cameron and M&S, Junction One on Tuesday to launch the annual ‘Make it Better’ week which takes place from 18th – 24th May 2015.   
CEO of Women's Aid Rosemary Magill (front) was joined by staff members and special guests at last week's launch of the Make It Better Campaign at the Women's Aid Centre in Antrim.  Included are, L-R, Ruth Owen (Women's Aid), PSNI Chief Inspector Catherine Magee (Causeway Coast & Glens), Marie Portis (Marks & Spencer), PSNI Detective Chief Superintendent George Clarke (Head of Public Protection), Cllr Thomas Hogg (Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey), PSNI Chief Inspector Stephen McAuley (Mid & East Antrim), Pam Cameron (South Antrim MLA), Rodney Scullion (Marks & Spencer), Laura Dillon (Womens Aid). 
‘Make it Better’ was developed by Women’s Aid (ABCLN) to provide services and support for children and young people living with domestic violence. The week long appeal raises awareness of the impact of domestic violence on children and young people as well as raising much needed funds for the project.
Speaking at the launch, PSNI Chief Superintendent, George Clarke, said “Domestic violence can have a lasting and devastating impact on the lives of our young people, and children of any age can be affected.
Growing up in a situation where violence is present, children may face many challenges. The experience may affect their ability to form positive, healthy personal relationships or engage in a meaningful way with education. Providing them with a safe space where they can get the right help and support is so vital and campaigns like ‘Make it Better’ are crucial in raising awareness of the issues faced by children living with domestic violence.”
Ruth Owen, from Women’s Aid added: “We provide services to children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence. These young people are the hidden victims of domestic violence and are significantly at risk of school dropout, exclusion and risk taking behaviours. Last year we raised £10,091.53 to maintain the vital services.
We are inviting schools, churches, community groups, businesses and the whole community to do one thing to ‘Make it Better’ either by donating or organising your own fundraiser with family, friends and work colleagues.”
For more information, on how to support the campaign visit: 
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For further information contact Ruth Owen, Women’s Aid ABCLN or email:
Notes to Editor
Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne, and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) have embarked on a new project, Make It Better. They provide services to children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence.
Donations can be made by: 
Women’s Aid ABCLN
Naomi Centre
2 Cullybackey Road
Ballymena BT43 5DF
Phone: 028 2563 2136      
Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey is a charity recognised by the HM Revenue and Customs No. XR 13095 Company limited by guarantee No. NI 054434