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Ireland Over 3,000 women seeking escape from domestic violence turned away from refuges due to lack of space

07:50  11 december  2019
07:50  11 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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More than 3,000 women seeking sanctuary from violent, abusive men last year were turned away from safe houses due to lack of space.

It means that nine women a day, 3,256 in total, desperate to escape the torment of domestic violence couldn’t find a safe haven.

Many inevitably are forced to return home, often with children, to face more beatings, abuse and coercive control.

Safe Ireland published new figures on Tuesday showing the sickening scale of domestic violence in Ireland which they say is now an epidemic.

And they accused the Government of starving professional services of funding and resources.

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“The numbers of women and children seeking safety continue to be shocking” said Sharon O’Halloran, CEO of Safe Ireland.

But she added there was also enormous concern over unreported domestic abuse and coercive control.

The annual report of the agency shows that 10,782 women and 2,572 children received support from the domestic violence support service in 2018.

In addition a staggering 53,627 helpline calls were answered by support services.

That means that agencies received an average 147 calls day from women and children desperate for help.

“Over the year services providing refuge were unable to provide accommodation for 3,256 requests because they were full,” Safe Ireland said.

Ms O’Halloran said that services cut back during eight years of post-recession austerity still haven’t recovered.

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Hundreds of victims of domestic abuse are being turned away from refuges in Wales due to a lack Welsh Women 's Aid said there had been a 5% funding cut in specialist services for violence against But 249 people were turned away due to all rooms being full. Others could not be accommodated

“The Government didn’t provide any additional funding in Budget 2020,” she said.

“Recycled budget announcements and grand statements do very little for women and children coming to our services each day.”

“They do even less for women and children who have not come forward yet and still live in homes of terror,” she added.

Safe Ireland say current services are “fragile and creaking”.

The CEO said that while staff are “hardwired” to help it is no longer enough to deal with an epidemic of domestic abuse.

Children are increasingly caught in the crossfire of domestic abuse.

The agency said that last year, 1,667 youngsters stayed in refuges.

Another 1,385 children received supports to deal with domestic violence and abuse within their family which didn’t involve accommodation.

In all 948 babies and toddlers under five years of age had to receive help.

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