Domestic Abuse Helpline Faces Funding Pressures

Margaret Martin, director of Women's Aid, has said that vital services that help women who have been subjected to domestic abuse are now under severe financial pressure.

The purpose of this new fundraising drive is to secure the longterm survival of the national helpline. 

Speaking in advance of a new Women's Aid fundraising drive, Mrs Martin said that a combination of funding cuts and a drop in fundraising income has put some of the services offered by the charity under threat.

This is despite the fact that a startling one in five women experiences domestic violence in Ireland. Women's Aid works to reach those women by such activities as running national helpline and running a court-accompanient service. The charity is also engaged in referring women to local refuges and support services across the country.

The purpose of this new fundraising drive is to secure the longterm survival of the national helpline. The helpline currently operates 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

Referring to the domestic horror stories that helpline staff and volunteers have dealt with, Mrs Martin said that many women have received death threats from their partners. "When women call us we listen to them. Women's Aid is dedicated to answering as many calls... as we can. That's why we need support so badly."

Visit the Women's Aid website to donate today.

The Women’s Aid helpline, 1800-341900, is open from 10am to 10pm seven days a week.