Antrim and Newtownabbey Illuminate Civic Buildings in Purple for the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence
Sunday 25th November marked the commencement of the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence, and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have taken a powerful stance by lighting their civic buildings in striking purple to raise awareness for the cause. This initiative, led by Women's Aid ABCLN, aims to draw attention to the critical issue of gender-based violence and to emphasise the need for collective action to end it.
During this crucial period, the focus will be directed towards amplifying the voices and experiences of children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
In the financial year 2022/2023, a staggering 342 children and young people affected by domestic abuse sought refuge with their mothers in a Women’s Aid Refuge in Northern Ireland. The alarming statistic that police respond to one incident of domestic abuse every 16 minutes emphasises the urgency of addressing this prevalent issue. The devastating impact on women and children cannot be overstated, reinforcing the belief that no one should have to live in fear or threat from abuse.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper said, “By turning civic buildings purple, Antrim and Newtownabbey are not only raising awareness but also sending a clear message that they stand united against gender-based violence. The hope is that this vibrant display encourages conversations, fosters understanding, and inspires action to create a safer and more inclusive community for all.”
Women’s Aid ABCLN CEO Gillian Creevy said “We welcome Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s support for 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence and our work with women and children affected by domestic abuse in the local community. Together we are working to end domestic abuse.”
Women's Aid ABCLN continues to play a crucial role in the community by providing confidential support, information, and emergency accommodation for women and children affected by domestic abuse across Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne, and Newtownabbey. For those seeking information and support, you can contact Women's Aid ABCLN on 028 25 632136.