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North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne has lent his support to Women’s Aid ‘Unlock Your Lockdown’ campaign which is raising awareness of the support available to victims of Domestic Abuse. The MLA and Justice Committee Member added:

‘I was pleased to support the Women’s Aid ‘Unlock Your Lockdown’ campaign which has been launched to provide female victims of domestic abuse with reassurance that vital help and support is available to them. The campaign, the first of its kind in over 20 years for the organisation, will shine a spotlight on the deteriorating situation in Northern Ireland, while also aiming to give victims the confidence to reach out by signposting them and their families to the support networks which are available across Women’s Aid services.

Domestic Abuse is torturous and sadly can result in generational harm which can never be repaired. Home should be the safest place for everyone, however, tragically for some it can become the most dangerous and horrific place to be. Throughout the Covid Pandemic, with the lockdowns and periods of restrictions, we have regrettably seen even more examples of domestic abuse take place. There is thankfully a united desire to ensure no stone is left unturned, as we seek to eradicate this appalling abuse which unfortunately still happens every day, right across Northern Ireland. This also reiterates the need for further progress on the Domestic Abuse Bill through the Assembly to support victims of this most heinous of crimes.

The ‘Unlock Your Lockdown’ campaign is part of a larger initiative - The 16 Days of Action Campaign - which is an important opportunity to raise awareness and call for changes at an international, national and local level to make women and children safe from abuse. The campaign runs from 25th November (UN Day For the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10th December 2020 (International Human Rights Day) and more information and resources are available at www.womensaidni.org'