Help Make It Magical for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse – New Campaign Launched

Women’s Aid ABCLN have joined forces with student volunteers and supporters in the media industry to produce a unique video explaining how everyone can help  ‘Make It Magical’ for children affected by domestic abuse this Christmas.

The video, showing Christmas experienced through the eyes of a child living with domestic abuse, is being launched today Wednesday 4th December.

Women’s Aid ABCLN Fundraiser, Arlene Creighton says “Every child deserves a magical Christmas. Often the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest. Help us ‘Make It Magical’ for children affected by domestic abuse this Christmas.”

“You can make a donation, give a gift or host a ‘magical’ Christmas fundraiser. Sing Christmas carols’, wear a woolly jumper’ or bake mince pies’ for your family and friends, and help us raise funds.”

Last year the charity provided support for 2,189 children living with domestic abuse across Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey including 80 children in its refuge. In 2018/19 ten babies were born to Women’s Aid refuges across Northern Ireland.

Arlene says “Your donations are vitally important during this festive season.”

The charity has received generous pro-bono support from Creative Media to launch its appeal with a ‘Make It Magical’ video, available online here: https://creativemdev.co.uk/wa/  showing Christmas experienced through the eyes of a child living with domestic abuse along with appeal information allowing everyone to add their support.

Creative Media, Content Marketing Consultant, Conor Johnston said “We’re proud to celebrate the work of Women’s Aid ABCLN with this Christmas campaign. The fantastic and vital work, delivered by everyone at Women’s Aid deserves every possible support so it was our privilege to do a little to help.

“The campaign has been delivered with thanks to Alasdair Broom from Wolfhound Media, QUB Film Production student Daniella Timperley and Ulster University Communications, Advertising and Marketing students Holly Gillian and Shauna Doherty.

“We would all like your support to help children affected by domestic abuse. It takes just two clicks – one to share the campaign and two, to find out how you can help.

Arlene added “PSNI respond to one incident of domestic abuse every 17 minutes, and in 90% of incidents, children or young people are in the same or next room. It is estimated that 32,000 children are living with domestic violence in Northern Ireland.”

“Our Make It Magical Appeal can be found on-line via Women’s Aid ABCLN social media pages – Facebook and Twitter, and your donation will go a long way to help us ‘Make It Magical’ for children affected by domestic abuse this Christmas.”

For more information and to support the Make It Magical Christmas Appeal you can contact Women’s Aid ABCLN 028 25 632136 or email events@womensaidablcn.org