Battered children and women get more support

Mark Alexander (left),Causeway Area Manager, with Lynne Moody, Causeway Women's Aid Floating Support worker, Sharon Burnett, Women's Aid Management Co-Ordinator and Carolyn Crawford, of the Housing Executive.
Mark Alexander (left),Causeway Area Manager, with Lynne Moody, Causeway Women's Aid Floating Support worker, Sharon Burnett, Women's Aid Management Co-Ordinator and Carolyn Crawford, of the Housing Executive.

Women’s Aid in Causeway has a further three support workers in the area, thanks to additional funding from the Housing Executive’s Supporting People programme.

Many women find that they are homeless or threatened with homelessness as a result of domestic violence. The new posts will ensure that twice as many women and children in the Causeway area are able to access support services each month.

Currently, 30 women each month are helped by floating support services but the new resources will ensure that 65 women will have access to much needed support.

Causeway Women’s Aid and the Housing Executive have worked in partnership for many years to ensure that women and children are able to access safe accommodation and establish independent lives.

The additional staff delivering floating support services will assist victims of domestic violence living in the community to gain and maintain tenancies therefore ensuring that the partnership between the two organisations combats homelessness and addresses the many issues arising from experiencing domestic violence.

Sharon Burnett, Management Coordinator for Causeway Women’s Aid, said: “We are delighted to be able to extend our existing floating support project, which has been successful to date. This additional resource comes after increased referral levels received in Causeway Women’s Aid for women living in the community who need this vital support.

“The vision of combating homelessness that we and the Housing Executive share means that we can draw on the expertise of both organisations and ensure that we support women living in our community who are threatened with homelessness because of domestic violence.”

Mark Alexander, the Housing Executive’s Area Manager for Causeway, commented: “Supporting vulnerable members of our society is at the heart of the Housing Executive’s work.