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Joint Initiative Tackles Domestic Violence

Published: Fri, 4 Dec 2015
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(left to right) Women’s Aid Federation NI Chief Executive Annie Campbell and Siobhan McCauley, our Director of Regional Services launch a new referral system which will help protect people suffering domestic abuse.
Women's Aid Protocol
A new referral system between the Housing Executive and Women’s Aid will help to protect people suffering domestic abuse, has been launched this week.
The Housing Executive/Women’s Aid Joint Working Protocol aims to promote and enhance the safety of those who have experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse through increased awareness and efficient referral.
Our staff have received additional awareness training which will help them to refer people, who present themselves as homeless but may also be experiencing violence at home, to Women’s Aid.
Siobhan McCauley, our Director of Regional Services and Women’s Aid Federation NI Chief Executive Annie Campbell launched the protocol.
Siobhan said:
“Women’s Aid and the Housing Executive are committed to working in partnership and have, over the past years, built up a strong and strategic working relationship.  
“This protocol sets out both organisations’ commitment to working together in the future and builds upon the strength of the current partnership. It re-affirms and renews both organisations’ ongoing commitment in providing the best services available for those who suffer from domestic and sexual violence.”
Women’s Aid Federation NI Chief Executive Annie Campbell said:
“Victims of domestic abuse can be subjected to extreme violence and experience terror in their own homes and so are often at risk of homelessness. This protocol enables Housing Executive staff to enquire about domestic abuse and know exactly where to refer victims for help and support if they are suffering domestic abuse.
“The elimination of domestic and sexual violence and abuse requires an integrated approach, between all government departments, agencies and voluntary organisations. This protocol is an excellent example of that. I have no doubt these new arrangements will save lives.”