Domestically motivated incidents are on the rise in Northern Ireland, and this Christmas Mid-Ulster Women’s Aid is encouraging people ‘not to become another statistic.’
The PSNI responded to 773 incidents in the Dungannon area last year and on average five people are killed every year as a result of domestic violence.
In partnership with the PCSP they want to raise awareness of the increased risk and prevalence of domestic violence over the Christmas period.
Christmas can be very difficult for anyone who is experiencing domestic violence. The combined pressures of financial spending and being in the company of an abusive partner for longer periods of time can lead to greater anxiety and stress and more violent incidents.
Martina Hemmings, manager of Mid-Ulster Women’s Aid said that ‘Domestic Violence is not a private matter and we should not turn a blind eye to what is going on in our neighbourhood.
“We are all social guardians, particularly of our young and vulnerable in society and it is our responsibility to speak out when we know someone is being abused in their own home. There are services out there to support and protect victims, but we can only do something if we know the abuse is happening. I urge you not to allow someone you know to become a statistic this Christmas.”
If you know someone is suffering any form of abuse from partner or family member and they need emergency accommodation, support please ring the 24 hour Domestic & Sexual Violence helpline number 0808 802 1414, open to all women and men affected by domestic or sexual violence. Or if you are a woman who wants to speak to a professional contact Mid-Ulster Woman’s Aid on 028 867 693000 or drop into the centre, 27 Old Coagh Road.