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Thursday 2 July 11:00 AM

Dear <<First Name>>,
"Staying home does not mean staying safe,
when locked in with an abuser." Frances Fitzgerald, MEP.

Calls to domestic violence helplines have surged over the past few months. With drop-in centres and refuges closed, victims have few places to turn for help. 

Shockingly, the number of women being killed within their own homes has reached numbers not seen in decades. 

Domestic violence has always been a hidden problem - it's become even more so in the midst of COVID-19.

Now is the time for churches to take a lead in providing safe places for victims of domestic abuse.

Churches are at the heart of their communities and are well-positioned to provide the unconditional support victims need to escape abuse and rebuild their lives. 

In our next Cinnamon Connect Webinar, we'll be exploring:
  • How COVID-19 has exacerbated domestic abuse
  • What laws are in place to protect victims
  • What churches need to be aware of before responding
  • How churches can become safe places for those seeking support
On Thursday 2 July at 11 am, Nick Amis from Cinnamon Network will be talking with Rosemary Magill, CEO of Women’s Aid ABCLN; Anthony McNally, Head of Public Protection Branch for the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and Colette Stewart from Onus, a charity that empowers churches to recognise and respond to domestic abuse.

You can register to join the webinar HERE
We look forward to seeing you there!

The Cinnamon Team

Cinnamon Connect Webinar

Speakers & Presenters

Rosemary Magill, Women’s Aid ABCLN
Rosemary began working with Women’s Aid in Ballymena in 1998. Since then, she’s been instrumental in championing the cause of domestic abuse victims. She helped develop the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference in Northern Ireland and played a pivotal role in launching the White Ribbon Charter. In October 2011, Rosemary was awarded a ‘Justice Champion Award’ and in 2013 she received an MBE for services to abused women and children.

Anthony McNallyPolice Service of Northern Ireland 
Anthony has 18 years of policing experience. He was promoted to Detective Superintendent in 2016 and in 2019 moved to become Head of Public Protection Branch, where he is driven to protect some of society's most vulnerable, including those affected by domestic abuse.

Colette Stewart, Onus
Colette joined Onus (NI) Ltd in April 2009 as Chief Executive. Her vision is to create a society that has zero tolerance for domestic violence. Colette is responsible for the roll-out of the Workplace Charter on Domestic Violence, a bespoke accreditation scheme that empowers organisations to recognise and respond to domestic violence or abuse. Colette works with a diverse range of partners to provide specialist training, support and consultancy services on domestic violence and abuse.

Nick Amis, Cinnamon Advisor
Nick is a Cinnamon Advisor for the East Midlands and host of Cinnamon Connect Webinars. He has extensive experience of supporting churches of all denominations and sizes to set up effective social action projects in response to the needs of their community.
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