Our latest Annual Report is now available. You can find some compelling and stark information about domestic violence in Meath and about our work here at Meath Women’s Refuge & Support Services.
We faced huge challenges providing refuge accommodation last year as the number of women looking for help continues to increase year-on-year.
Last year we provided crisis accommodation for 46 women. However, the number of women we had to turn away doubled as we saw a 100% increase in women contacting us for emergency refuge compared with the previous year. We also saw an almost 60% increase in children needing emergency accommodation last year, another worrying year-on-year trend.
The majority of women we support is through our outreach programme, supporting women in the communities across Meath. Last year we worked with 454 women in the community including skilled support for women who needed to attend court for safety or barring orders.
We have a dedicated child and young person’s service and last year we supported 92 children in refuge and in the community. This work includes play therapy, helping children to understand what is happening in their family and how to cope with their feelings.
Last year our 24-hour Helpline took a total of 1,684 referral calls and the number of women who need support continues to grow.
Read our full annual report here