The outreach base in Maghera will make the services of Mid-Ulster Women’s Aid more accessible to those women, children and young people who have or are experiencing domestic or sexual abuse either in the home or from a current or ex-partner.
Welcoming the Outreach Office the Chair of Magherafelt District Council, Catherine Elatter, stated, “this outreach centre is a welcome initiative in the town where there is clearly an identified need for the support for local people who find themselves the victims of domestic or sexual violence. Women’s Aid provides life saving and life enhancing support to women, children and young people throughout the North and and it is great that this support is now even more accessible to the people of Maghera and the surrounding area.”
Although based in Maghera, staff will be able to travel throughout the Magherafelt Council area to provide this specialised support service, either in the individual’s own home or in a local, mutually agreed venue.”
Domestic violence is a crime and Women’s Aid has received an ever increasing number of referrals from the Magherafelt Council area in the last 5 years. Last year alone, PSNI responded to 434 domestic related incidents in this Council area. That is once every day, sometimes twice a day, to an incident that was serious enough to warrant a police callout.
If you have suffered or are suffering domestic or sexual violence and would like accommodation, support or information, please contact us on 028 867 69300 during office hours or ring the 24 hour Domestic and Sexual Violence helpline number 0808 802 1414, which is open to all women and men affected by domestic or sexual violence.