Social Media Campaign

Date: 
17 December, 2015

Press Release 

Thursday, 17 December 2015
 
A number of recognisable figures have lent their support to a recent social media campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence.
The PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton, Minister of Justice David Ford, BBC Radio Ulster football commentator Joel Taggart and local MP Danny Kinahan were among a number of high profile figures that took to Twitter to show their support of the domestic violence campaign ‘16 Days of Action’.
 
 
Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) organised the social media campaign for 16 Days of Action; an internationally recognised campaign that raises awareness of domestic violence. 
It is estimated that over half a million Twitter users would have had the opportunity to see the campaign over the 16 days.
Rosemary Magill, CEO at Women’s Aid ABCLN explained the significance of the campaign: “1546 women and 8579 children accessed our services locally in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey between April 2014 and March 2015. Awareness raising campaigns like 16 Days of Action are vital for victims of domestic violence, it not only helps sign post victims to our services but sends out a clear message to perpetrators that society does not condone violence against women.”
 
 
•Support can be accessed by calling The Naomi Centre on 02825 632136 or the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414 (Open to all women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence). Alternatively read about our services by visiting www.womens-aid.org.uk
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