Tackling domestic violence in Moyle

THE Moyle Domestic Violence Intervention Project is an “all round” programme of support for women, children and young people from the Moyle area funded by the Moyle Community Safety Partnership and delivered by Causeway Women’s Aid.

The project facilitates a supportive programme for mothers called “You and Me, Mum”. This is a ten week programme that focuses on how domestic violence has affected mothers and their children.

It gives women the confidence and knowledge to support their own children in dealing with the negative effects that Domestic Abuse can have on family life.

Children and young people can access one to one support as well as join the children’s group. This meets every Tuesday afternoon to promote healthy relationships and protective behaviours.

In addition there is a Youth Forum for young people in year 8 and older. The project offers young people the chance to: raise their self esteeem; Improve their social skills and their ability to form positive relationships; become aware of their right to feel safe; recognise that it is ok to have feelings and how to express these feelings appropriately; and feel empowered to cope with a variety of situations

Causeway Women’s Aid’s Senior Children and Young Persons Worker, Hazel McWilliams, said: “Domestic abuse is a hidden crime and survivors are often reluctant to come forward especially in close knit communities, this project aims to reach out to those are suffering behind closed doors and provide them with support and information”

In addition to the existing project, Causeway Womens Aid has also added the Domestic Violence POST Project (Peripatetic Outreach Support and Training) based in Ballycastle one day per week.

This project aims to ensure that women experiencing domestic abuse in the Moyle area have access to support and training to enable them to move on from abusive relationships.

DV POST Training Officer, Anne Marie Doherty, said: “Domestic wiolence programmes can be very difficult so women need to feel emotionally strong enough to sit down and look at their own situation.

“This project provides a place where women who have been through some tough times can come, helping them to change their lives and build new hope for the future”

If you have been affected by Domestic Abuse and need support, please call Causeway Women’s Aid on 028 7035 6573 or contact Hazel on 07738562257 or Anne Marie on 07514266898. Out of office hours contact the 24 Hours Domestic Violence Helpline on Freephone 0800 917 1414.