The new national MAN UP which has been established by the Women’s Council of Ireland is designed to raise awareness about the violence, control, and abuse, that is taking place in homes here in Louth and across the country.
It has the backing of Women’s Aid Dundalk and is supported by people such as our own Irish rugby international Rob Kearney.
The campaign aims to reach women and men who want to take a stand against domestic violence.
The organisers are asking everyone – men and women – to MAN UP against home abuse so that we can make county a safer place for women and children and help men who might commit acts of violence because they are destroying their own lives as well as the lives of others.
The campaign is based on research which shows that long term abuse activates a “freeze mechanism”. Some women living with abuse do not immediately take in the very messages and information that are designed to help them find safety.
It is only when something out of the ordinary finally resonates that a victim recognises what is happening and turns to the support services so essential to ending the violence. Rob Kearney and other sportsmen have set a great example by their support.
Last year, Women’s Aid Dundalk responded to 978 Helpline calls. There were 104 admissions to refuge: 84 women and 99 children.
This is unacceptable. We must all help in any way we can. For more information contact:Women’s Aid Dundalk 042 - 9333245.