Work of Women's Aid and Partner Agencies acknowledged at Stormont

Date: 
14 June, 2010
Local Women’s Aid workers and the agencies they work with in supporting women and children living with domestic violence were acknowledged at a ball held in their honour at Parliament Buildings on Friday 11th June. 
 
The 20/20 Vision Ball was hosted by Basil McCrea MLA, who is also a representative on the Policing Board. Representatives from PSNI, councils, the Northern Health and Social Services Trust, Housing Executive, local GPs and clergy were amongst the guests of Women’s Aid ABCLN. 
 
Speaking of the event, Area Manager Rosemary Magill said:
 
“The aim of the evening was to reflect on the past 10 years, to the start of the millennium, and how the much needed services for women and children living with violence have evolved. It was an opportunity for all the partners supporting victims to evaluate how far we have come in those 10 years, and look forward to the next decade, at how much we still have to do. It was the shared vision of everyone in that hall that women and children will one day live their lives free from the fear of violence in their home”.
 
Rosemary also paid tribute to all the guests who came along on the evening, and to those other organisations and individuals who also support the many women and children experiencing domestic violence in the area. 
 
 
ENDS
 
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
 
1. Women’s Aid (Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) is an organisation which provides support, information, advice and where necessary accommodation, for women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.
 
2. The 24-Hour Free-phone Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 917 1414 is available to all victims of domestic violence.  
 
3. For further details, please ring Lindsay Whitcroft on (028) 2563 2136 or 07599 311 355.