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Extra support now available for domestic abuse victims

Extra support now available for domestic abuse victims

Tue, April 24, 2018

New support equipment is now available for victims of harassment and domestic abuse across the Causeway Coast and Glens.

The measures, including mobile phones, car dash cameras, CCTV and personal body-worn cameras, have been funded by the area’s Policing and Community Safety Partnership.

Every year within the Causeway Coast and Glens there are around 2300 domestic incidents. Over 1000 of these cases involve assault or criminal damage.

Welcoming the new initiative, PCSP Vice-Chairperson Ashleen Schenning said: “Causeway Coast and Glens PCSP is committed to tackling the ongoing problem of domestic abuse which continues to affect many people across the Borough. By working together with the PSNI we can give peace of mind to those who to live in fear and help to make a positive difference.”

The funding has also been used to purchase a number of state of the art personal safety devices. These allow victims to remotely and discreetly make contact with emergency services who can then use GPS technology to find their location and make an immediate response to the scene.

Inspector Colin Shaw, domestic violence lead for Causeway Coast and Glens said: “This equipment will provide reassurance and comfort to those who most need it. Domestic abuse, stalking and harassment are serious offences and this equipment can be used to reduce some of the risks involved. We are grateful for the funding from the PCSP and think that it will make a huge difference to a lot of people in our area.”

Sharon Burnett, Chief Executive of Causeway Women’s Aid said: “Far too often the women we support are subjected to an ongoing campaign of stalking and domestic abuse long after their relationship has ended. This equipment is a tangible response from the PCSP and PSNI, addressing the problem at a local level and ensuring that victims have increased peace of mind and hope that the abuse will end.”

To find out more about the equipment or the work of the PCSP email pcsp@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or call 7034 7031.

Pictured with some of the new support equipment funded by Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership are PSNI domestic violence lead for Causeway Coast and Glens Colin Shaw,  Sharon Burnett, Causeway Women's Aid Chief Executive, Inspector Bjorn O’Brien and PCSP Officer Melissa Lemon.