Kildare’s only refuge for women fleeing domestic violence, Teach Tearmainn, launched its new nurting service to provide free massage, facials and reiki therapy, on Monday night.
The service was launched at Teach Tearmainn’s new state-of-the-art refuge centre in Kildare Town in line with an international campaign called the 16 Day Campaign opposing violence against women.
The Mayor of Kildare, Mark Wall, who was in attendance, showed his support for the campaign.
“One in three women worldwide face domestic and sexual violence every day,” said Jacinta Carey of Teach Tearmainn, which has plans to open the new refuge in Kildare Town once funding is fully secured before Christmas.
Contracts to open a state-of-the-art women’s refuge centre in Kildare town, which has been vacant since January 2012, are to be signed this month.
However the HSE funding for the Teach Tearmainn centre, which falls short by €120,000 a year, will only cover the running costs of two of its four apartments, despite the need for four.
“The International 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women runs from 25 November, which is UN Day Opposing Violence Against Women, to 10 December which is Human Rights Day,” she added.
Teach Tearmainn will host a number of awareness raising events throughout the 16 Day Campaign.
“The aim of the campaign is to highlight the prevalence of violence against women,” she added.
“And to work towards the elimination of violence against women and to keep it on the political agenda in Kildare.”