Women’s Aid turns away 58 women in three months

Womens Aid Refuge

Womens Aid Refuge

Dundalk Women’s Aid were forced to turn away fifty-eight requests from women for emergency accommodation in the last twelve weeks, The Dundalk Democrat has learned.

The victims of domestic violence were unable to stay at the refuge due to a lack of accommodation.

Over thirty-five children are currently being supported by the Child Support Project.

Figures show an increase year-on-year demand for the services provided by Women’s Aid.

The refuge was due to close on the 27th June, although a long term solution to the funding crisis ensured the future of the service.

“It was great to move passed the 27th June and put it all behind us,” Lisa Marmion of Dundalk Women’s Aid told The Dundalk Democrat.

“We are very grateful that we are still here and that we have a future to look forward to.

“The figures are the evidence that proves this service is needed. We don’t have enough beds to accommodate the demand.

“This service is needed now more than ever. We had to turn away fifty-eight requests for emergency accommodation in the last twelve weeks.”

The refuge faced closure after the local authority had slashed the funding to just €20,000.

But after a huge public backlash and endeavours from all political parties, an agreement was reached.

A service level agreement between Women’s Aid and the Louth County Council was signed in May.

The agreement ensured the charity would receive €50,000 in funding per annum every year.

“This organisation is ready to take on the next chapter,” said Lisa.

“For a number of months, it was very dark. We have great staff here who managed to keep above the water.”

However she said that they were now looking forward instead of back.

“Now we can put that behind us and move on. There is a lot more work to be done and we intend to improve our service further.”


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