November – FWA take part in an event run by the Western Trust in conjunction with Staff-side to raise awareness of its ‘Domestic Violence Policy’. This was in recognition of the United Nation’s ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’
November – Derry Branch of The Mother’s Union hold a vigil at St. Columbs Cathedral in Derry for those affected by domestic abuse. 1 of 15 across the 12 dioceses of the Church of Ireland. Marie Brown spoke at the vigil and told the story of one of the victims helped by Women’s Aid
March – Representatives from FWA attended the Connecting the Dots Conference in the Millenium Forum in Derry, also attending were representatives from the Women’s Advocacy Service, Zakkon, Dove House, Men’s Action Network and the Mayor Elisha McCallion
March – Minister for Justice David Ford visited Ashleywood House to discuss domestic abuse and court. Also in attendance were – Michelle Porter, Victim Support NI; Geraldine Hanna, Chief Executive, Victim Support NI; Catherine Burns, Head of Operations Branch, Lord Chief Justice Office; Declan Morgan, Lord Chief Justice; Marie Brown, Director Foyle Women’s Aid; Paul Doran, Deputy Director, Probation Board NI; Chief Inspector Allan Hutton, PSNI.
April – Launch of holistic therapy service at Ashleywood House, Karuna Therapies, officially opened by Dr Leah Totton, our Patron, also in attendance were Enterprise NW who assisted in the setting up of the social enterprise business.