Sunshine Walk to Support Women, Children and Young People Affected by Domestic Violence

14 August, 2017

Sunshine Walk to Support Women, Children and Young People Affected by Domestic Violence.

On Saturday, 2nd September 2017 Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) will host the sponsored Sunshine Walk at Lough Shore Park. They are asking the public to join them in walking together against domestic violence.
Lorna Dougherty, Fundraising Coordinator, commented’’ We are hoping that individuals, families and groups will join us for this walk to support Women’s Aid, raise funds to sustain and further develop preventative support programmes and projects for women, children and young people affected by domestic violence.
The Lough Shore route is family friendly and accessible to people of all abilities with all or part of the walk being completed, at their own pace, whether they are  experienced walkers or a family enjoying a gentle stroll.’’
Lorna Dougherty added ‘‘We’re hoping that all participants enjoy the walk and have fun, but we also want to highlight the impact of domestic violence on families and encourage more people affected by it to seek help.
The need for more awareness about domestic violence is seen in the staggering domestic violence statistics published by PSNI 2016/17. During this year 29,166 domestic abuse incidents were recorded throughout NI, representing an overall increase of 2.7 per cent on the previous year and the highest level recorded since the data collection began in 2004/05. 
Alongside maintaining crisis accommodation and community based support services, we also need to increase our focus on preventative work across local communities.
Domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, religion or sexual orientation.  Events like the sponsored Sunshine Walk  give a great opportunity to support people living with the impact of domestic violence and ensure that  preventative education , awareness and support  services continue to be  available for those in need. We hope that you can join us. ‘’
To register your interest and receive an information pack, please email or call 028 2563 2136
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•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
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Women’s Aid ABCLN
Naomi Centre
2 Cullybackey Road
Ballymena BT43 5DFT 028 2563 2136  
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