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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council takes its responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk very seriously.

There Is No Excuse Campaign 

Christmas and New Year can bring additional stresses and pressures for families when people are spending more time together and in very challenging circumstances, which may lead to an increase in domestic abuse during this period. 

Domestic violence and abuse affects many people and is now well recognised as a public health issue. Domestic abuse can affect families from all backgrounds in every community, and we know that problems can escalate during holidays. 

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, we want you to know that you are not alone. You will be believed, and you will be heard. We also know that it is not an easy decision to reach out and ask for help, especially with the added pressures that Christmas can bring in a family environment. 

As a Council we work in conjunction with partner agencies such as the PSNI and Women’s Aid to ensure that help and support is offered to those who need it. This year we have teamed up again with Southern Health and Social Care Trust and the South Eastern Health Social Care Trust to support people who may be experiencing domestic violence abuse. 

If things are not okay at home and you are worried, need advice or support, call one of the numbers below and there will be someone to listen to you and provide you with help.

Support is available for those experiencing domestic violence and abuse.


Southern Health and Social Care Trust: 0800 783 7745 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust: 0300 100 0300 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

Emergency Social Work Service (Regional): 028 9504 9999 (5pm-9am Monday to Friday, 24 hours Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays)

For further information please visit:


24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline: 0808 802 1414 (24 hours)

Useful Resources:

Resource Pack for Children and Young People   

Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) Wellness Hub 

Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYSP) Resource Pack 

Domestic Abuse Important Support Numbers 

Women's Aid Armagh and Down Support Services

Coercive Control Video – 'Where is the Line?' 

A short video animation to warn young people about the dangers of controlling relationships and how to recognise the signs of it. To view the Coercive Control YouTube video here


Having a dedicated Safeguarding Coordinator highlights the Council's commitment to Safeguarding. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to put all children and adults who may be at risk at the centre of what we do, we have continued to support our communities and our staff through the pandemic to protect both children and adults from harm.

Through our ‘You Are Not Alone’ and ‘There Is No Excuse’ Domestic Abuse campaigns we aim to raise awareness of the impact of Domestic Abuse and provide support for those experiencing it.

Council supports the ‘Safe Place’ initiative and will provide anyone who finds themselves experiencing Domestic Abuse with information on the support services available. For further information contact Gary Scott, Safeguarding Coordinator.

Gary Scott will be working across the Council area and can be contacted on Gary.Scott@nmandd.org or by telephone on 07776 165 792.

To view our Safeguarding leaflet click here. 



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