Newbridge Town Councillors were brought up to speed regarding the dire need for a women’s and children’s refuge in Kildare ahead of the April opening of new refuge in Kildare Town.
Manager of the state-of-the-art refuge, Jacinta Carey of Teach Tearmainn, presented councillors with some stark figures surrounding domestic violence at this months town council meeting.
“During one day in November 2012 a third of women who required our services were turned away, 66 of 138, because the refuge was not open,” the meeting heard.
“On that same day in November 1,527 contacts were made to the service however 80 percent of women who experience domestic violence do not report it to any agency. We were approached by the HSE in 1998 to provide a service in Kildare and there has been a 15 year timeframe to the new refuge centre. That will tell you something about how seriously we take this issue. We fundamentally believe that unless men support us, we are never going to solve this issue. It is still seen as a women’s issue.”
The meeting heard that the refuge centre will be more than just a roof over head but it will offer tools to empower all women who stay there through an outreach service, one-to-one support, nurturing service and accompanying court service.