Antrim employers encouraged to offer a ‘Safe Place’

31 March, 2011
Antrim employers encouraged to offer a ‘Safe Place’
Businesses and community organisations in Antrim are being encouraged to support a new initiative which will provide information to victims of domestic violence. 
Ballyclare became the first town to offer the ‘Safe Place’ scheme late last year, and the initiative is now being extended to Antrim. 
Lindsay Harris, Policy and Training Worker with Women’s Aid, explains the rationale behind the initiative:
‘Many people are unaware of the wide range of services available to support victims of domestic abuse. They may be aware of the refuge, but do not know of all the other services that are available from Women’s Aid – one to one crisis support, group work, education and prevention work, awareness raising campaigns or our work with children for example. We also work with women whether they are with their partner or not – if they are still in an abusive relationship our focus is on keeping them and their children safe. We quite simply want to get this information on our services, and other services available, out as widely as possible, which is why we are asking businesses to carry Safe Place resources’. 
Any businesses or organisations who would be interested in hearing more about Safe Place are invited to Grace House, 17 Fountain Street, Antrim on Thursday 7th April, 1.00-2.00. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be provided, so please confirm attendance with Lindsay on 07599 311 355. 
Anyone dealing with domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414. Safe Place resources also give contact information for PSNI, Victim Support and Childline.