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The Nineties

Vital Changes to Legislation

Vital changes to legislation by introduction of the new Family Homes and Domestic Violence Order.

Ashleywood House Opens

June 1998 – Ashleywood House, which is situated in large private grounds in the Waterside area, was re-opened after refurbishment and became our second much needed refuge in the city.

Pathways Centre Opens

October 1998 – The new Pathways aftercare/outreach centre was officially opened at Pump Street, by Kathleen O’Toole, from the Boston College Alumni Association who at that time was sitting on the board of the Northern Ireland Police Commission.
There had been extensive refurbishment throughout the whole building, creating office spaces, training room, conference room, client sitting room, kitchen and creche facilities.

Read the Londonderry Sentinel Article from November 1998


BBC Interview with Claire Archibald from QUB

BBC Interview with Claire Archibald from Queens University, she talks about the implementation of the Family Homes & Domestic Abuse Order NI, and also the upcoming Foyle Interagency Conference

A Local Inter-agency First

First local inter-agency conference on domestic violence. Organised by the Foyle Inter-Agency Forum and held in the Everglades Hotel in Derry, and called Partnerships for Change.

Funding Accessed

Funding accessed for Inter-agency Training Worker.

Domestic Violence Working Group Established

Established working group on domestic violence in Derry City council.

Family Homes & Domestic Abuse NI Order

Implementation of Family Homes & Domestic Abuse NI Order.

Derry/Enniskillen Children Boston Bound

Group of 14 children from Derry/Enniskillen area go to Boston.

“Just Like a Woman” Documentary broadcast on UTV

Just Like a Woman, Documentary broadcast on UTV about Teresa Doherty and her abusive marriage.  This was followed by a live discussion filmed in our Pathways building.  Chaired by Jeannie Johnston, it features Teresa Doherty’s daughter Teresa, Dr Deborah Meyers Clinical Psychologist, Hilary Sidwell Derry City Council, Sonya Gormley Domestic Abuse Survivor, Marie Brown, Lorraine Donaghy RUC DV Unit, Terry Doherty Men overcoming DV Programme. Afterwards there is an interview with Teresa Doherty and Gerry Kelly, with daughter Teresa and Bridie Crowley