100% rise in number of women contacting domestic violence service in Offaly

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service (ODVSS) has helped 1,922 client contacts between 2009 and 2012 as the number of women contacting the service continue to rise at an alarming rate.

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service (ODVSS) has helped 1,922 client contacts between 2009 and 2012 as the number of women contacting the service continue to rise at an alarming rate.

ODVSS has recorded a rise of 36% of new clients contacting the service from January 2012 to December 2012. Repeat clients to the service rose by 25% for the same period.

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service provides Crisis Support, Practical Support, Helpline, Court Accompaniment, Advocacy, Referrals, Support Groups, Awareness &, Educational Programs, Research and Outreach to women and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Since January 2009 ODVSS has seen client contacts rise from 318 to 636 in 2012. This is an increase of 100% accessing the service. In this same period over 1,922 client contacts were assisted by ODVSS.

As the demand for the service is growing the funding is reducing. Domestic Violence occurs when a family member uses violent and abusive behaviour to control another family member. Domestic Violence can include physical, verbal, emotional, economic or sexual.

Women and children are the majority of those who are subjected to abusive and violent behaviours in the home from their male partners, or fathers and stepfathers. However, men can also experience abuse and violence from their partners.

Domestic violence cuts across all sections of the community. It doesn’t matter what your ethnic or religious background is, it doesn’t matter is you have a disability or young or old and it doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight.

On average one in five women will experience domestic violence. One woman every month is killed in Ireland. One in seven women will experience severe domestic violence. On average a woman will be assaulted by her husband or partner at least 35 times before reporting it to the police.

“It is difficult to say why there has been such a dramatic rise in women experience domestic violence and abuse,” stated Anne Clarke Development Manager of ODVSS.

“I would hope that we are getting better at raising awareness of the service and also getting the message through to women, that the help and support is out there for them to access. No woman deserves to be beaten or emotional abused. We are breaking down the stigma which has been attached to domestic violence for decades,” Ms Clarke concluded.

If you are someone you know has been affected by domestic violence or abuse please contact ODVSS Confidential line on 0579351886. www.odvss.ie , Email info@odvss.ie. ODVSS is also on Facebook under offaly domestic violence support service.