UL Hospitals staff have joined forces with Limerick gardai, Adapt House and Clare Haven as part of the international campaign 16 Days of Action on Violence Against Women.
The campaign links actions in Ireland to global action on violence against women. Violence against women is embedded as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which the international community have signed up to in order to address global problems of poverty and inequality.
From November 25th to December 10th, organisations in the MidWest, Ireland and around the world are running a range of activities to raise awareness about issues of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
As part of the campaign, the Medical Social Work (MSW) Team at UL Hospitals invited staff; partner organisations and members of the public to find out more, holding an information session at UHL on November 30th. This was followed by a balloon release, in the purple campaign colours, outside the main hospital building.
The MSW team offer a confidential support and information service to those who are affected by domestic violence across all the UL Hospitals Group. They meet and work with women and children who attend our hospitals having experienced or who are at risk of experiencing violence.
Anne Hegarty, Head of Medical Social Work Services, UL Hospitals, said, that Ireland and other EU member states had in November 2015, signed the Istanbul Convention, “recognising violence against women and domestic violence as human rights issues and firmly establishing the link between achieving gender equality and the eradication of violence against women.”
Ms Hegarty also spoke in support of the ‘What Would You Do?’ campaign recently launched by Tanaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. This campaign focuses neither the victims nor the perpetrators but on those who witness domestic violence and can play a crucial role in effecting change.
See more at www.whatwouldyoudo.ie
Limerick gardai were represented at the event by Supt Fearghal Patwell and Sgt Denis Waters, Roxboro Garda Station; Adapt House by Deirdre Barrett and Majella Foley-Friel and Clare Haven by Sinead O’Donoghue
Local support services that provide Support and Emergency Accommodation:
Adapt House, Limerick: 1800 200 504/061 412354
Clare Haven, Ennis, Co. Clare: 065 6822435 (24 hr helpline)
Ascend, North Tipperary: 0505 23999 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Women’s Aid Helpline: 1800 341 900
7 days a week from 10am-10pm (except Christmas Day)
Last updated on: 07 / 12 / 2016