Launch of women’s project

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A new women’s advocacy project at Dove House will be launched today to mark International Womens’s Day.

The Women’s Advocacy project will involve a community based service centred on a self-help ethos addressing domestic abuse and alcohol and drug misuse among local women.

It will employ two staff, a women’s advocacy worker and a harm reduction worker, operating throughout the Triax area.

Brónach McMonagle, manager of Dove House, said the project was developed in response to a number of deaths among local women from alcohol problems in recent years.

“We are so pleased to finally see the project come to fruition,” she said. “This project came about through a compelling identified need expressed by a number of community workers and organisations who were witnessing the extent of the problem at the cold face. However, through fear or lack of motivation, a large proportion of women experiencing domestic abuse or addiction don’t present to specialised services such as Foyle Women’s Aid or Addiction Treatment Units etc.

“It will be the responsibility of this project to guide someone by the hand to receive the support they need,” she added.

Ms McMonagle said local community workers wanted to do something to make a difference.

“Community intelligence would lead us to believe that over a 6-8 month period in 2012/2013, 12 women lost their lives as a direct or indirect consequence of alcohol in the Triax area, be that through accidents, illness or otherwise.

“We felt it was time to do all we could to put an intervention in place at a community level,” she said.

The project will be launched in the Gasyard Centre today at 1.30 pm.