Domestic Violence

  • Mayo Women’s Support Services are calling on election candidates in Mayo prioritise the issue of violence against women in their campaigns.


    With the launch of  #NoMoreExcuses2020, a National Manifesto run by Safe Ireland, MWSS implore the 15 candidates in the county to sign up to the national campaign.


    The agency is also encouraging local candidates to tackle the issue of homelessness for those experiencing domestic violence.


    They have extended an invitation to all candidates to an event at their centre, tomorrow at 11.30am.


    Bernadette Byrne, Assistant Manager at Mayo Women Supports Service, explains the five initiatives they are calling on candidates to sign up to for the next Dail.

  • A national conference on violence against women took place yesterday at the Knockranny House Hotel in Westport-  marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

    Safe Ireland organised the conference, and outlined a strategy to make Mayo the safest county in Ireland for women and children - in a pilot programme for preventing and responding to domestic violence and coercive control.

    This programme will then be rolled out nationally, county by county.

    Safe Ireland works with 36 domestic abuse services across the country, including Mayo Women's Support Services - which last year provided supports to 178 women and 79 children.

    However, Sharon O'Halloran - CEO of Safe Ireland - admits that women and children in Mayo, and across the country, who are seeking refuge often cannot be accommodated, as they are not sufficiently resourced to meet the demands on their services.

    Sharon has been speaking with Midwest News about their strategy of making Ireland a safer place for women and children, starting here in Mayo.

  • Ten counties had no emergency accommodation for victims of domestic violence last year.

    The Times Ireland edition says many women and children are fleeing abusive situations - only to be told there's no space for them at refuges.

    It also claims the government is still counting beds from a Dublin refuge that was closed in 2017 in its statistics for emergency spaces.

    The counties without emergency accommodation include Galway County, Leitrim and Roscommon.