Women’s Aid back global campaign to call for an end to violence against women and girls

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16 Days of action and activism across Northern Ireland

Women’s Aid across Northern Ireland are supporting a global campaign which is demanding action on ending violence against women and girls.

The 16 days of Action on Violence Against Women and Girls, which started last Monday and will continue to December 10 ending on Human Rights Day, highlighting that violence against women is a violation of human rights.

Throughout the 16 days, Women’s Aid are campaigning to end violence against women and girls and raising awareness of the vital frontline and specialised services that are delivered 365 days a year across the region by focusing on the work that we do through short films on social media.

In Northern Ireland, PSNI statistics show 31,682 domestic abuse incidents this year, a 5.9 percent increase on the previous 12 months and the highest financial year figure recorded since 2004/5. Northern Ireland had the highest rate of femicide in Europe together with Romania per 100,000 in the population. Domestic violence is not going away and many women lose their lives every year. Incidents of domestic violence have risen in Northern Ireland and protections for women are weaker than the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

In Northern Ireland this year Women’s Aid provided refuge accommodation for 653 women, 6,308 women accessed outreach and floating support services. 381 women could not access refuge because it was full. Women’s Aid never want to have to turn a woman or a woman and her children away because there is no room, but this is the harsh reality with the decrease in accessibility to appropriate, safe housing in Northern Ireland.

Women’s Aid continues to lobby for change that will help us achieve our vision of eliminating domestic violence and abuse. During the 16 Days of Action it allows everyone to highlight gender-based violence across the country.

You can support the campaign across Facebook and Twitter throughout the duration of the 16 days with the hashtags:

#WeAreWomensAid

#16Filmsfor16Days

#16DaysofActionNI

• We produce an issue of VIEW last year which examined the issue of domestic abuse – https://bit.ly/2QZd0Z5

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