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Women’s Aid 20:20 Vision event

02 December 2015

Photo from the event
David Ford MLA and Adeline Frew (Management Committee). Front row - Colette Stewart (Onus), Pam Cameron MLA, PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton and Women’s Aid CEO Rosemary Magill.

 

More than one hundred people attended the 20:20 Vision event organised by Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) in Mossley Mill last week. The event coincided with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marked the first day of 16 Days of Action; an internationally recognised campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Women’s Aid ABCLN held the event in partnership with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and attendees heard from the Chief Constable George Hamilton and Women’s Aid ABCLN CEO Rosemary Magill, among others.

Based on current PSNI statistics, it is estimated that over the next five years, 25 women in Northern Ireland will lose their lives as a result of domestic violence. Attendees at the 20:20 Vision event, which included; local Councillors, MLAs, representatives from Northern Ireland Adult Safeguarding Partnership, Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Department of Justice, were challenged to consider what they can do between now and 2020 to reduce incidents of domestic violence and better support victims of domestic violence.

Speaking at the event Chief Constable George Hamilton said:

“Behind the stark statistics are people and families whose lives have been utterly ruined.  However, for the Police Service, the statistics are an indication that victims are more prepared to come forward and there is a growing confidence in our response to domestic abuse - when we know it’s happening, we will do something about it.  Indeed we can all do something about it.”

Rosemary Magill from Women’s Aid ABCLN said: “We all need to challenge ourselves as individuals and the organisations we represent about the future of services for victims of domestic violence into the future. We are asking all those represented here this evening to pledge three actions they will undertake between now and 2020 in support of these essential services to victims and pose challenges to perpetrators of this social evil which costs the public purse £610 million a year.”