Donna Maria Logue, who describes herself as “a survivor” of domestic abuse, was the guest speaker at the ‘16 Days Breakfast’ in the White Horse Hotel near Londonderry on Saturday 24th November. Ms Logue is the founder of the La Dolce Vita Project, a voluntary support service for women and men impacted by domestic abuse. She shared with MU members her personal experience of domestic abuse.

Saturday’s event was hosted by the outgoing President of Derry and Raphoe Mothers’ Union, Mary Good, and organised by Jacqui Armstrong, the co-ordinator of MU’s Faith and Policy Unit. Prayers were led by the Diocesan Chaplain, Rev Canon Harold Given. Among those present was the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good.

Ms. Armstrong told Saturday’s gathering that the incidence of domestic abuse was increasing in our society and that no one should have to live in an abusive relationship. Around 70 women attended the breakfast, at which they had a preview of the Mothers’ Union’s ‘Souls of Our Shoes’ exhibition, before it was transferred to St Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry and St Eunan’s Cathedral in Raphoe, Donegal.