COPE Galway Welcomes Additional Investment in Domestic Abuse Services
22 October 2019
COPE Galway has welcomed the receipt of a proportion of a national €1.5 million additional investment in Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and Tusla.
The additional funding sees COPE Galway take the lead in developing enhanced outreach services across the county, with €50,000 allocated towards the commencement of a recruitment process for three additional outreach workers.
The outreach service supports women who do not stay in refuge, but who may live at home or in another location where they feel safe. This additional resource will allow COPE Galway to significantly expand the service they already operate in the county area and will include the areas of South, East and North Galway, along with the city centre. It will also see COPE Galway grow their collaboration with the Family Resource Centres and other relevant community and statutory actors around the city and county.
COPE Galway has also received an additional €44,500 towards the staffing costs associated with making the new Modh Eile House Domestic Abuse Service operational once the construction company hands over the project to the local charity in mid-December. The new facility will have the capacity of nine family units, which will be a significant improvement and will increase existing accommodation in the current location of Waterside House. The new service will also incorporate enhanced outreach and childcare supports across Galway city and county.
Dr Baumann expands on this: “This welcome additional funding from DCYA, along with philanthropic support we received from a generous benefactor, allows us re-focus our efforts with children – particularly in these county areas. We know that domestic abuse has an impact on any child living in an abusive home. We work to help the child in dealing with the impact, in understanding the dynamics of their lives, in navigating their relationships with both parents and most of all, in healing and building their own resilience. We also work with mothers on building the parenting relationship with their child, something which often falls casualty to an abusive home.”
COPE Galway, on behalf of the women and children in the community who badly need these services, would like to thank Tusla and the DCYA for their support in this regard. Dr. Baumann concluded, “This is a great day for the women and children of Galway – it is an acknowledgement that a safe place and quality service provision is essential to help us as a community to support those in need and to ultimately work together to make Galway a place where domestic abuse is not tolerated.”
Meanwhile, the local charity has made significant progress in raising the construction and fit-out costs for Modh Eile House. There is still a way to go in raising the remaining funds of just under €1 million, to enable the service to open in early 2020. They have planned a series of fundraising events.
Visit copegalway.ie/events for further information.
Contact: Dr Carol Baumann, COPE Galway. Tel: 091 565 985
Background information for Editor:
In 2018 COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service supported 457 individual women plus their children. We provided 771 outreach appointments for 208 individual women; accompanied 201 women to court and offered 148 play therapy sessions. We were unable to immediately accommodate 169 women with their 233 children on 227 occasions due to lack of space. For these women, we provide emergency short-term accommodation and/or work closely with other refuges in neighbouring counties so they can be safe in the immediate term.
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 abuse. 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.
COPE Galway’s search for a new facility commenced over ten years ago. After five years of trying to source and secure a suitable alternative, the Mercy order offered the charity a gift of the convent building on Forster Street. “ModhEile” is the name chosen by women who have experienced domestic abuse and who believe that this name, which is the Irish for “Another Way”, will give hope to others to find a way to rebuild their lives and create a better future for their families. COPE Galway’s vision is that Modh Eile House will provide a safe space for women and children to rebuild their lives, free from domestic abuse and violence.
Modh Eile House will increase current capacity to accommodate at least 9 women and 20 children, offering 9 self-contained apartments with bedroom, bathroom, living and kitchen facilities. It will also offer enhanced security and facilities allowing specialised individual and group support work, a fit for purpose childcare unit, suitable indoor and outdoor play areas and office and communal spaces.
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 abuse, and older people.