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A local charity is appealing to the public to donate vital funds to complete a new state-of-the-art domestic abuse service and refuge in Forster Street.
The Galway City Council has agreed to raise a Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) loan for the construction of nine units for housing for women and children as a domestic violence refuge run by COPE Galway.
This Valentine’s week, COPE Galway Domestic Violence and Outreach Service were back on campus at NUIG and GMIT to raise awareness among young people of the signs of an abusive relationship.
A city based domestic violence refuge was unable to accommodate almost 700 women and children seeking safety last year, due to a lack of space. These startling figures for Waterside House were revealed in COPE Galway’s annual report, published this week. It outlines that its domestic violence service supported more than 380 women and their 180 children in 2015.
A number of women who sought refuge in a city based centre 18 months ago because they were experiencing domestic violence are still living there today because of a lack of affordable rental accommodation.
Funding of more than €1 million is being provided to build a refuge for people who have been subjected to domestic violence. The refuge will be located in Galway city and will be run by COPE.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched the development plan for COPE Galway’s new Domestic Violence Refuge on Monday. The occasion was marked with a symbolic tree planting ceremony as a symbol of new beginnings for those women and children experiencing domestic violence.
COPE Galway will receive €1.16 million towards a new domestic violence refuge for Galway city.
The number of women who “dropped in” to a city based domestic violence service without a prior appointment seeking information and support, was up by almost 40 per cent last year, according to new figures, released this week.
Women’s Aid has announced that the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline is now accessible to women in 170 different languages. The new interpretation service allows women with limited or no English experiencing domestic violence to access free, confidential, telephone support.