• 15 May

    Make A Cuppa for Women’s Aid ABCLN

    Women’s Aid ABCLN is inviting everyone to ‘Make A Cuppa’ during its ‘Make It Better Appeal Week’ and help raise funds for children affected by domestic abuse. Arlene Creighton, Women’s Aid ABCLN Fundraiser says “Join us! Let’s ‘Make A Cuppa’ and help us raise funds for children affected by domestic abuse. Put the kettle on during our Make It Better Week from Monday 18th – 24th May and invite everyone to take part in a virtual coffee morning.” “Due to ongoing restrictions and social distancing we have taken the decision to move our fundraising online. You can host a Facebook Live or Zoom on-line with family, friends and colleagues, or simply grab a quick brew.” “This week would have been Women’s Aid ABCLN’s ‘Make It Better Appeal Week’ with skydives, ziplines, coffee mornings, quiz nights and sponsored walks all taking place to raise funds for our work with children.” Arlene says “Often the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest. We know home is not always a safe place, and for many children lockdown will be a scary and uncertain time.” “Right now we are working with 489 women and their 562 children who are living with domestic abuse. Women’s Aid ABCLN is also faced with the difficult position that our largest grant funding for our work with children ends in June.” “We need your help, now more than ever to raise funds for work with children in our local community.” “Please join us as we take our ‘Make It Better Appeal’ online and invite you to ‘Make A Cuppa’ with family, friends and work colleagues.” “You can share your Make A Cuppa selfies with us using the hashtags #MakeACuppa #YouAreNotAlone and help us get the message out there for women that Women’s Aid ABCLN is here for them and help is available.” To register for ‘Make A Cuppa’ you can email events@womensaidabcln.org or simply call Women’s Aid ABCLN on 028 632136 to receive your fundraising pack.

  • 15 May

    Make It Better Quiz with Dobbin’s Inn

    Women’s Aid ABCLN is holding an online Quiz Night with Dobbins Inn, Carrickfergus as part of its ‘Make It Better’ fundraising week on Friday 22nd May. Starting at 7.30pm the quiz will be hosted live on Dobbins Inn Facebook page by Quiz Master Derek Fallis and will help raise funds for children affected by domestic abuse. Women’s Aid ABCLN Fundraiser, Arlene Creighton says “Due to ongoing restrictions and social distancing we have taken the decision to move our fundraising online. This week we would have had skydives, ziplines, coffee mornings, quiz nights and sponsored walks all taking place to raise funds for our work with children.” “Dobbin’s Inn supports us year on year for our Make It Better Appeal and we are delighted Derek and the team have taken up the challenge to host the quiz online and support us in this generous way.” Arlene added “Often the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest. We know home is not always a safe place, and for many children lockdown will be a scary and uncertain time.” “Right now we are working with 489 women and their 562 children who are living with domestic abuse. Women’s Aid ABCLN is also faced with the difficult position that our largest grant funding for our work with children ends in June.” “We need your help, now more than ever to raise funds for work with children in our local community.” “Please join us on facebook.com/DobbinsInnHotel for Make It Better Quiz on Friday 22nd May live from 7.30pm and make a donation at justgiving.com/womensaidabcln to support our work. For more information call Women’s Aid ABCLN on 028 25 632136 or email events@womensaidablcn.org.

  • 04 May

    Locked Inside

    #LockedInside Home is not safe for women and children living with domestic abusers in lockdown. Please donate now to help Women's Aid-ABCLN support women who are #LockedInside with domestic abusers. There have been four domestic homicides in Northern Ireland since the Covid-19 lockdown began. PSNI have received almost 2,000 domestic abuse calls over three weeks during the lockdown.Your donation will help us provide practical support for women and children affected by domestic abuse in this crisis.www.justgiving.com/womensaidabclnVideo by Saorla Houston#WeAreWomensAid #LockedInside #YouAreNotAlone #WorkingToEndDomesticAbuse Posted by Women's Aid-ABCLN on Friday, 1 May 2020 Home is not safe for women and children living with domestic abusers in lockdown. There have been four domestic homicides in Northern Ireland since the Covid-19 lockdown began. PSNI report having received almost 2,000 domestic abuse calls over three weeks during the lockdown. We know lockdown is having a direct impact on women and children affected by domestic abuse. Women’s Aid ABCLN staff say ” It’s not that the lockdown is the cause of domestic abuse it certainly isn’t, but it is certainly exacerbating it because one of the key tactics that abusers use is isolating their victims.” “At the minute, for a women who is stuck in the house with a perpetrator she will be pacifying, she will be on high alert, she will be safety planning, saying the right thing, doing the right thing so as it doesn’t escalate.” “We want women to know #YouAreNotAlone don’t feel that you are stuck don’t ever feel that there isn’t there is always a way out. “ Women’s Aid ABCLN is here to support ALL women affected by domestic abuse. You can call us on 028 25 632136. Watch our #LockedInside video produced by Saorla Houston. Please donate now to help Women’s Aid ABCLN support women who are #LockedInside with domestic abusers. Your donation will help us provide practical support for women and children affected by domestic abuse in this crisis.  www.justgiving.com/womensaidabcln

  • 30 Apr

    How Can Churches Be Responsive to Domestic Abuse?

    How Can Churches Be Responsive to Domestic Abuse? Women’s Aid ABCLN CEO Rosemary Magill talks to the Irish Council of Churches about Safe Church, certified training to recognise and respond to domestic abuse within churches and the wider community. https://www.irishchurches.org/news-blog/5423/how-can-churches-be-responsive On April 8th the United Nations secretary–general Antonio Guterres warned against a rise in domestic violence due to growing worries and pressures as a result of lockdowns and quarantines to contain the spread of COVID–19. Here in Ireland, leaders of organisations that work with victims of domestic violence have expressed similar concerns that it is being exacerbated by social isolation and disruption of the normal patterns of life, particularly the need to work from home for non–essential services. Caitriona Gleeson, Programme and Communications Manager of Safe Ireland, points out that while people have been advised to work and stay at home, it was important to be cognisant that home is often the least safe place for women and children living with domestic violence. The pressures of confinement and isolation could also exacerbate the risk of coercive control and domestic abuse. Sarah Benson, CEO of Women’s Aid says: It’s true that for many of us home is a place of safety in a time uncertainty. But for thousands of women and children across Ireland, home is a place of violence and fear. It is important to remember that workplaces and schools often offer sanctuary for victims of domestic violence. Job losses, remote working, self–isolation and other measures are already impacting on victims. The reality that the abuser may also be at home more, or all the time, is a very frightening one. Many women and children will spend the next few weeks in suffocating circumstances with their abusers because of the measures to combat Covid–19. The current crisis will also bring increased financial hardship for families in these circumstances and is also reducing options for victims to be able to leave dangerous situations. Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Noeline Blackwell notes that – The volume of calls to our helpline has not increased but what has increased is the intensity of the calls and the sense of isolation that people are reporting. Why are we not seeing an increase in call numbers? We spoke with Rosemary Magill, CEO of Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey about why this may be. She pointed out that in a situation where normal patterns of life are disrupted, and especially one where people are now sharing the same space all day, every day, there is likely to be an increase in conflict. However, the key characteristics of domestic abuse which distinguish it from other forms of violence is that it is intentional and persistent. Arguments and fights that break out between people, such as siblings, as a result of the pressures of stay–at–home requirement are fundamentally different from the ongoing violence or coercive control that characterise domestic abuse, and that are also likely intensified at this time. Ms Magill explained several reasons why an increase in the number of calls to support services is not apparent at this time. Women know how best to protect themselves and their children. Firstly, […]