16 Days of Action 2019
Women’s Aid ABCLN is taking part in the ‘16 Days of Action’ global campaign and invites you to join them and take action on ending violence against women and girls.
The 16 days of Action on Violence Against Women and Girls 2019 campaign commences on 25th November through to 10th December, Human Rights Day to highlight that violence against women is a violation of human rights.
Throughout the 16 Days, Women’s Aid ABCLN are campaigning to end violence against women raising awareness of the vital, core, frontline and specialised services that are delivered 365 days a year across the region by focusing on the work that we do through short films on social media.
In Northern Ireland, PSNI Statistics show there were 31,682 domestic abuse incidents this year, a 5.9% increase on the previous 12 months and the highest figure recorded since 2004/5. Incidents of domestic violence are rising and protections for women are weaker than the rest of the UK and Ireland.
In 2018-19 Women’s Aid provided refuge accommodation for 653 women, and 6,308 women accessed outreach support in the community. 381 women could not access refuge because it was full. Women’s Aid never want to have to turn a woman or a woman and her children away because there is no room, but this is the harsh reality with the decrease in accessibility to appropriate, safe housing in Northern Ireland.
Women’s Aid ABCLN CEO, Rosemary Magill says “The cost of domestic and sexual violence in Northern Ireland in terms of healthcare, policing, housing and support for women and children is estimated at £885.7 million. So it is everyone’s business, and we are committed to lobbying for change that will help us achieve our vision to end domestic abuse.”
You can support Women’s Aid ABCLN throughout the 16 Days of Action across Facebook and Twitter with the social media hashtags #WeAreWomensAid #16DaysofAction #16DaysofActionNI.