100% Increase in Women Looking for Help Last Year
Our latest Annual Report is now available. You can find some compelling and stark information about domestic violence in Meath and about our work here at Meath Women’s Refuge & Support Services.
We faced huge challenges providing refuge accommodation last year as the number of women looking for help continues to increase year-on-year.
Last year we provided crisis accommodation for 46 women. However, the number of women we had to turn away doubled as we saw a 100% increase in women contacting us for emergency refuge compared with the previous year. We also saw an almost 60% increase in children needing emergency accommodation last year, another worrying year-on-year trend.
The majority of women we support is through our outreach programme, supporting women in the communities across Meath. Last year we worked with 454 women in the community including skilled support for women who needed to attend court for safety or barring orders.
We have a dedicated child and young person’s service and last year we supported 92 children in refuge and in the community. This work includes play therapy, helping children to understand what is happening in their family and how to cope with their feelings.
Last year our 24-hour Helpline took a total of 1,684 referral calls and the number of women who need support continues to grow.
Read our full annual report here
Attending the launch, Sinead Smith, CEO, Meath Women’s Refuge & Support Services, said: “Having a central agency responsible for a unified response to address domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is a long overdue and important development for Ireland."
Meath Women’s Refuge & Support Services are the latest charity to partner with Leinster Rugby for the 2023/24 season and will work with the club for the month of January.
A new report from Trinity College Dublin evaluating a child-centred and trauma informed project to support children in refuge from domestic violence at Meath Women’s Refuge and Support Services was launched today to coincide with World Children’s Day. The study represents the first time that research has been conducted in Ireland with children in refuge. The report was launched by Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon.