Derry’s MP has been the first visitor to a new £3 million accommodation complex for victims of domestic violence in the city.
Developed by Foyle Women’s Aid and Apex Housing the complex is due to be officially opened in the autumn and will provide emergency safe accommodation for families.
The city’s MP, Mark Durkan, was the first in a series of invited guests to get a guided tour of the development.
“It is great to see a facility developed in a way that has more than matched the ambitious plans originally outlined and shown, he said.
“I was also delighted to meet some of those who will avail of these impressive units which will offer a safe and secure refuge for women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse.
The SDLP MP, who also met with some of the women using the service, said: “This is a quality environment which will support people who have undergone some terrible experiences.”
Foyle Women’s Director, Marie Brown, said that it was important to show how services for victims of domestic and sexual abuse had changed significantly in recent years.
“The opening of this project which will offer services to families experiencing domestic abuse across the North West marks a significant change in the way we bring services to victims of family violence.
“In addition to new accommodation, we are opening a multi- disciplinary centre on the same site, working with local agencies, focusing on support services, therapy, education, prevention, and empowerment.
“Foyle Women’s Aid has developed links and partnerships with agencies in the US and Europe in a bid to bring the best possible service to all victims of domestic and sexual abuse in the Foyle area.
“There are a lot of exciting new developments coming on stream which I believe will have a real impact on tackling family violence, and importantly acknowledging and addressing the devastating consequences for families and communities,” she said.
If you or someone you know is experiencing, or has experienced physical, emotional or sexual violence in the home, you can call Foyle Women’s Aid on 028 71 280060.
Or you can call the 24 hour helpline on 0800 917 1414, where you can receive help, support and information. More information is also available online at www.foylewomensaid.org/get-help