In conjunction with Women’s Aid and ONUS, the Catholic and Church of
Ireland Cathedral parishes here in Armagh came together for training
in the Safe Church Initiative. Clergy, as well as volunteer staff
attended the training.
We have pledged to play our part in raising awareness about domestic
violence and abuse and in supporting anyone affected to confidentially
access information. We hope to draw more attention to this initiative
as we continue our preparations for the World Meeting of Families this
Organisations like Women’s Aid alert us to the fact that at least 14%
of all crime reported to the police last year was related to domestic
violence with police responding to one incident every 18 minutes.
Both Cathedrals are now designated as Safe Churches. A word of thanks
to all those involved, in particular Rebekah Nelson and Alison Beattie.