Monday, 8 August 2011

Derry Domestic Violence Rate Increases

Recently released figures from Foyle Women’s Aid show a marked increase in domestic violence across the North with Derry now topping the poll.   Over the past year alone there has been an estimated 2282 reported incidents, with 866 offences recorded by the charity which works daily on issues directly relating to domestic abuse and violence.

However speaking following the release of the report a representative for the Foyle Women’s Aid commented that while it was undeniable the local figures were high, the organisation was “not put off” by this.

“We would see this as a very positive thing - that there has been an increased response to women reporting incidents and an increased confidence in women who feel they are able to come forward.”  

It was back in 1997 in the city following the horrific murder of local woman Caroline Crossan, when there was an outcry at the lack of support and funding for community organisations on the ground dealing directly with domestic violence.   It is now feared that given the current economic climate were both health and community organisations are under attack, that badly needed funding will be reduced or pulled completely. 

Since Caroline Crosson’s death it’s been widely noted that literally hundreds of women have escaped abusive and violent relationships on hearing Caroline’s story not to mention the work carried out by local women’s organisations such as Foyle Women’s Aid.  Each year in Derry there is now an annual Carolines’s Day organised by her family and friends, in an effort to raise awareness of domestic violence.

For help and support on issues relating to domestic abuse and violence there is a 24hr hotline 0800 917 1414

For further thoughts online click on towards women’s freedom http://www.wsm.ie/story/142