Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid Older Women Project

Many may view Domestic Violence as something that primarily affects younger women or women with children.

The Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid Older Women’s Project highlights that just as many older women are affected by domestic violence, have suffered long-term abuse in the home and often face more barriers in their help- seeking process.

We are very grateful to Olga Attwood from Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid who works with the Older Women’s Project for providing us with an article to share with our followers, entitled ‘Domestic Violence is Ageless’

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DVhelplineIF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE IN RELATION TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR ABUSE YOU CAN CALL THE 24 HOUR DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE HELPLINE, A COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL SERVICE, ON 0808 802 1414
IF YOU REQUIRE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE LAW REGARDING DOMESTIC ABUSE IN NI, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US DIRECTLY ON INFO@FHANNA.CO.UK 

 

Domestic Abuse App launched by Belfast Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership

 

havenbelfastThe Belfast Area Domestic & Sexual Violence and Abuse Partnership have launched a domestic & sexual violence App, in conjunction with the PCSPS and Belfast Health & Social Care Trust.

 

The Belfast Area Domestic & Sexual Violence and Abuse Partnership is made up of agencies, organisations, groups and individuals, to include members of the legal profession, who share a common interest and purpose in improving services and support for victims of domestic violence.

On 27th November 2017, the Partnership launched their new domestic & sexual violence App, named ‘Haven: Belfast’ at an event at Belfast’s City Hall.

The App is free to download and is for anyone experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence within an intimate partner relationship and further provides information to various professionals who may come into contact with domestic abuse in the course of their work.

Life Law NI’s very own Karen Connolly  was involved in the Partnership’s Working Group for developing ‘Haven: Belfast’:-

“It has been a pleasure working with the Partnership on the development of ‘Haven: Belfast’.  The App provides an array of material on domestic violence, to include useful information on how to recognise the warning signs of an abusive relationship and where to go for support. 

There is information contained within the App of the various legal remedies a person has for gaining protection from an abusive relationship.   It will hopefully act as a useful tool for clients and legal professionals alike in tackling domestic abuse within our society”.

‘Haven: Belfast’ can be downloaded at the App store or on Google Play from today.

Anti-Slavery Day 2017 – Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking in NI

Today is Anti-Slavery Day 2017.   

Anti-Slavery Day,  provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem.

We are very grateful to Rebecca Grounds and Sarah Bruce of Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid for allowing us to share this piece on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in Northern Ireland with our followers.

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IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE IN RELATION TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION YOU CAN CALL THE 24 HOUR DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE HELPLINE, A COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL SERVICE, ON 0808 802 1414
IF YOU REQUIRE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE LAW REGARDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NI, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US DIRECTLY ON INFO@FHANNA.CO.UK 

 

The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Mental Health

To mark World Mental Health Day earlier this week, Sarah Bruce & Dympna McKeown of Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid wrote the following article which very eloquently looks at the impact that domestic violence and abuse can have on a person’s mental health. 

We are very grateful to Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid for allowing us to share this piece with our followers:-

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If you require assistance in relation to domestic abuse, you can call the 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline, a completely confidential service, on 0808 802 1414
If you require any further information on the law regarding domestic abuse in NI, please feel free to contact us directly on info@fhanna.co.uk 

 

LIFE BITE: Men’s Advisory Project calls for more help for male domestic abuse victims

apple-150579_1280The Men’s Advisory Project have called for more help to be made available to male victims of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland. 

The organisation has said that they have seen a notable increase in people coming to them for help – they supported 536 clients in 2015 compared to 294 in 2013. 
The most recent figures from the Police Service of Northern Ireland show that 3,104 men were victims of domestic violence between August 2014 and 2015.

James Knox, the project manager at the Men’s Advisory Project, has highlighted that the support services available for male domestic abuse victims in Northern Ireland are less extensive than for women.

James said: “While the PSNI’s gender-neutral poster campaign is a step in the right direction, there is more that could be done.  If there was more help available for male victims of domestic abuse it would save lives.”

To find out more about the Men’s Advisory Project,  read our ‘LifeSupports’ blog from them or contact MAP at www.mapni.co.uk

For more information on domestic violence, please click here or contact us here.