OMAGH Women’s Aid has launched their annual Christmas appeal.
The organisation provides supports, information and emergency accommodation for women and children affected by domestic violence.
The Omagh Women’s Aid Christmas appeal aims to make Christmas a bit brighter for women and children who use the vital service. Donations are now being sought, and the charity is particularly hoping to receive money, gift cards, vouchers and gifts for women. They are also looking for new toys and gifts for children and teenagers.
Last year, Omagh Women’s Aid supported 73 women through their community based Floating Support Service and accommodated 36 women and 30 children in refuge.
However, because of a lack of bed space, a further 32 women and 18 children could not be accommodated.
In addition, Omagh Women’s Aid supported 469 children and young people through direct one to one support or preventative education group work in schools or other settings.
Omagh Women’s Aid is also taking part in 16 days of Action on Violence Against Women and Girls 2019. The campaign commenced on November 25 and will continue until December 10 ending on Human Rights Day.
Speaking to the Ulster Herald, Edel Fox manager of Omagh Women’s Aid explained, “So much of domestic violence is hidden, it is not understood or spoken about openly. This allows abuse to continue behind closed doors, it isolates victims and makes it more difficult to get support. Most people do not realise the complexity and violence of it.
“Domestic Violence is not going away and it can be life threatening. The 16 days of action is all about raising awareness and doing some additional preventive work. People do not realise what kind of work and services we offer so it is a way of promoting what we do. We are really highlighting the need to end violence against women and the violation of human rights.”
• For more information, visit Omagh Women’s Aid on Facebook or to donate to the Christmas appeal, visit the resource centre at Holmview Terrace, Omagh.