Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) have launched their ‘Make it Better’ week.
A special launch event was held for the campaign, which runs from May 18-24.
Among the guests at the event were representatives from the PSNI, Thomas Hogg, Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey, MLA Pam Cameron and M&S, Junction One.
‘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 raises awareness of the impact of domestic violence on children and young people as well as raising much needed funds for the project.
Speaking at the launch, PSNI Chief Superintendent, George Clarke, said: “Domestic violence can have a lasting and devastating impact on the lives of our young people, and children of any age can be affected.
“Growing up in a situation where violence is present, children may face many challenges. The experience may affect their ability to form positive, healthy personal relationships or engage in a meaningful way with education. “Providing them with a safe space where they can get the right help and support is so vital and campaigns like ‘Make it Better’ are crucial in raising awareness of the issues faced by children living with domestic violence.”
Ruth Owen, from Women’s Aid, added: “We provide services to children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence.
“These young people are the hidden victims of domestic violence and are significantly at risk of school dropout, exclusion and risk taking behaviours. Last year we raised £10,091.53 to maintain the vital services.
“We are inviting schools, churches, community groups, businesses and the whole community to do one thing to ‘Make it Better’ either by donating or organising your own fundraiser with family, friends and work colleagues.”
For more information visit www.womens-aid.org.uk/makeitbetter