ONUS was established as a social enterprise by Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) in 2007 and offers specialist training and consultancy services on domestic violence or abuse.

In 2010 we launched our Workplace Charter on Domestic Violence, a bespoke accreditation scheme, to enable organisations, businesses, churches and communities, to be recognised for their support to anyone affected by domestic violence or abuse. Our range of supported pathways, empower communities to recognise and respond to anyone affected by domestic or sexual violence or abuse.

We believe that in order to create a society that has zero tolerance towards domestic violence or abuse, prevention and early intervention work is crucial.

We don’t provide direct support services to anyone living with domestic abuse, we aim to raise awareness and build capacity, to ensure anyone affected by domestic abuse is directed to support services, hence the name of our range of initiatives ‘Pathways for Participation’.

Our range of pathways enable everyone to play their part and we work with a wide range of organisations, including employers, community groups and Churches, to provide training and resources in recognising and responding to domestic abuse and referring on to appropriate services.

Overview of Onus by Colette Stewart, Onus Chief Executive