Karen Connolly joins Womens Aid Steering Group for victims of domestic abuse

Karen Connolly

23 November 2021

Our Family Law Partner Karen Connolly has welcomed the opportunity to become involved in a Steering Group for Women’s Aid ABCLN ‘Older But No Safer’ Project.

The Older But No Safer Project has been set up by Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) to work with women and communities to increase awareness about the impact of domestic abuse on women aged 55 and over.

The Steering Group will provide guidance and support to the Project and will work towards developing a coordinated approach to address the impact of domestic abuse on older women across statutory, voluntary and wider community organisations, including the  PSNI, NI Housing Executive, Public Health Authorities and Health and Social Care teams.

Karen comments;

"I was delighted to be invited to join the Women’s Aid ABCLN Steering Group for the Older But No Safer Project.  I have worked closely and collaboratively with Women’s Aid for many years and have shared their ethos and passion to protect victims of domestic abuse and raise overall awareness of this pandemic within our communities. 

I’m keenly aware through both working with Women’s Aid and hearing the stories of my clients that many older women have endured years of domestic abuse, some spanning decades.  It is imperative that the experiences of these women are heard and that more is done to protect them.

I am really looking forward to working with other like-minded and passionate professionals to communicate the overall message of the Project that it is never too late to get help."

For advice and assistance on domestic abuse, contact Karen Connolly by email on kconnolly@fhanna.co.uk or telephone 028 9024 3901