SDLP: Councillor Cusack welcomes Avert training scheme and encourages participation in these free sessions

Cllr Shauna Cusack
Cllr Shauna Cusack

SDLP Cllr Shauna Cusack has welcomed a training scheme facilitated by AVERT (Averting Violence Education Research and Training) which will support those who have suffered from Domestic Violence and others in the Women’s sector.

She said: “It is a sad fact that domestic abuse and violence is still prevalent in communities across the North and remains a taboo subject for many.

“I am delighted to see a full programme of training sessions offered by the Avert Training Team and would encourage those affected by domestic violence to take part. Avert, which stands for Averting Violence Education Research and Training, have a comprehensive list of 5-10 week sessions during the Autumn in Derry, Strabane and Limavady. These free training sessions focus on empowering, inspiring and motivational techniques to help heal and deal with the fallout of domestic violence.

“While some courses are aimed at facilitating those who work within this sector there are a number aimed at Victims themselves and I would particularly encourage women, regardless of age or background to attend these free sessions, it could make a massive difference to your life. Confidentiality is guaranteed by the organisation and free transport can also be arranged to the venues so no one is excluded.

“I wish the trainers, organisers and participants every success in this programme as it can only have a positive effect on the lives of those who sadly still suffer abuse in our society.”