Breaking the
silence

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The North Leitrim Women’s Centre in Manorhamilton and the Breffni Family Resource Centre in Carrick-on Shannon got together at midday on November 29 to take part in the Women’s Aid National ‘One In Five Campaign’.

The North Leitrim Women’s Centre in Manorhamilton and the Breffni Family Resource Centre in Carrick-on Shannon got together at midday on November 29 to take part in the Women’s Aid National ‘One In Five Campaign’.

The event also marked the beginning of the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women. Both initiatives aim to highlight the issue of domestic violence in our communities, show support for women experiencing domestic violence and raise awareness of the support services available for women locally.

People at both ends of the county came together to show their support and solidarity with women experiencing domestic violence and to promote the local services and supports available.

Assumpta Kelly the co-ordinator of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre said ‘the events held locally and nationally are aimed at sending out a strong message that domestic violence is not acceptable in our communities, and to highlight the supports and services available locally for women”.

The event also marks the International 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women. Hayley Fox Roberts the co-ordinator of the Breffni Family Resource Centre told us the 16 Days of Action “is a time for individuals, communities and groups to come out and break the silence that surrounds domestic violence in our community”. For more information on the 16 Days of Action see womensaid.ie

If you are a woman experiencing domestic violence contact DVAS - a free confidential service on (071) 9141515.