COPE Galway marks “16 Days” by exploding 16 Myths around Domestic Abuse
21 November 2018
COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service is addressing some of the common myths around Domestic Abuse as the local charity marks the annual global awareness campaign, 16 days of Action on Violence against Women.
The campaign begins on November 25th, International Day Opposing Violence against Women, and ends on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.
COPE Galway will release 16 daily blogs on www.copegalway.ie/blog and on social media posts in an attempt to shatter 16 myths around domestic abuse; raise awareness around the larger issue of domestic abuse and equip a woman who is being abused to recognise this and to help her find safety and support.
Service Manager Dr Carol Baumann, explains, “We want to dispel some of the common myths we see and hear on a daily basis. A woman often blames herself for abuse, or might see herself as a ‘strong, capable’ person who would never allow herself to be abused. The daily blogs we’ve planned will challenge ideas around, for example, abuse being part of certain cultures, or that a woman should have left an abusive spouse by now.
“We also address myths around what constitutes ‘domestic abuse’, which can often be insidious, verbal, financial or emotional abuse. We hope that if this information resonates, a woman will be empowered to get in touch with us for help, safety and support.”
COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service is also producing a safety planning leaflet which contains vital information to assist a woman to plan for her safety in an abusive situation. The safety leaflet will be launched on 10th December, International Human Rights Day and the final day of the International 16 Days of Action campaign.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse or is affected by any of the issues mentioned above phone COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service at 091 565 985 (24h)
Contact: Dr. Carol Baumann, COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service. Tel: 091 565985
Note to Editor:
COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service, currently based at Waterside House in Galway, is the only 24 hour accessible refuge in the Western region. It provides refuge accommodation, information, support and court accompaniment to women and their children experiencing domestic violence. There is an Outreach service for women in the city and county who are in abusive relationships and who need support and information on their options.
In 2017 COPE Galway Domestic Violence Services worked with 339 individual women and 214 individual children. We provided 615 outreach appointments to 210 individual women; provided 189 women with 225 court accompaniments and offered 212 play therapy sessions. We were unable to accommodate 258 women with their 441 children on 326 occasions due to lack of space. No woman who presents to our services is ever turned away.
COPE Galway is a Galway-based charity providing a range of services that address the needs of people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness; women and children who experience domestic violence and abuse and supports for older people living in the community. Their vision is for an “Improved Quality of Life in a Home of your Own” for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic violence, and older people.