Women’s Aid: Young people are ‘hidden victims’ of domestic violence

Ruth Owen, appeals coordinator Women's Aid; Superintendent Emma Bond, PSNI; Claire Allen, programme coordinator Women's Aid; Pam Cameron MLA, and Noreen McClelland, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council.  INCT 30-723-CON
Ruth Owen, appeals coordinator Women's Aid; Superintendent Emma Bond, PSNI; Claire Allen, programme coordinator Women's Aid; Pam Cameron MLA, and Noreen McClelland, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council. INCT 30-723-CON

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) has recognised the contributions of local organisations and individuals who took part in fundraising for the Make It Better appeal (May 23-29).

Make it Better was developed by Women’s Aid ABCLN to provide services and support for children and young people living with domestic violence. The week-long appeal raised awareness of the impact of domestic violence on children and young people as well as raising much needed funds for the project.

Ruth Owen, the group’s fundraising co-ordinator said: “Constant change, disruption and violence in a young person’s life can make school a real challenge and diminish their ability to engage. Young people are the hidden victims of domestic violence and are significantly at risk of school dropout, exclusion and risk taking behaviours. We have raised an astonishing £2,886.10 and we will continue to fundraise for Make It Better throughout the year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who showed their support.”