A NEWLY built Kildare-based refuge, which has been unable to open due to lack of funding, has had to turn away 20 women and 47 children living with domestic violence, according to the manager of the service.
Nearly 800 women and children sought help from domestic violence services on one day last year according to figures released today. Click here to read Kitty Holland’s article in the Irish Times.
Not Always Safety in Numbers for Women in 2010: Women and children looking for safety could not be accommodated on over 3,000 occasions in 2010 because domestic violence refuges were either full or unavailable in an area. Throughout the year, 7,235 women received support from domestic violence services. SAFE Ireland’s members answered 38,629 helpline calls. 1,545 women along with 2,355 children lived in refuge for various periods of time. Read more »
As part of a national campaign to increase awareness of specialist support services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, two national networks have launched a wallet card which contains the contact details of all domestic violence services and rape crisis centre’s in Ireland.