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“Staying Safe, Getting Out”: COPE Galway launches safety planning leaflet for women experiencing domestic abuse


Today, Human Rights Day 2018 (December 10th), sees the launch of a safety planning leaflet for women who are experiencing Domestic Abuse.

The launch of this vital information also marks the final day of the International 16 days of Action on Violence against Women campaign, which began on November 25th. This year’s campaign saw COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service release 16 daily blogs addressing common myths around Domestic Abuse (

Dr Carol Baumann, Manager of COPE Galway’s Domestic Abuse Service explains, “Over the last sixteen days, we have brought you some of the myths about domestic abuse, which doesn’t always come with a bruise – sometimes it’s about control; it isn’t something that happens to poor people, or in ‘some’ cultures: it can happen to any woman.

“Our new safety planning leaflet, “Staying Safe, Getting Out”, is for the one-in-five women in Ireland who will be abused by a partner at some point in their lives. It’s there on our website to assist a woman to plan for her safety in an abusive situation. The leaflet is also for each of us who might know this woman and who might be in a position to help her by giving her useful information and helping her put a plan in place”.

“Staying Safe, Getting Out” is available to all on  and particularly for women who have been living with an abusive partner, who may have thought about leaving and decided that for all kinds of reasons, she can’t do it just yet. It contains advice on how to stay safe while ‘staying put’ and how to flee if in imminent danger.

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)

Please visit or COPE Galway’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn pages for information. #16Days  #humanrightsday #copegalwayhelps #letshelptogether #StandUp4HumanRights


Contact: Dr. Carol Baumann, COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service.       Tel: 091 565985

Safety Leaflet attached and available at this link.

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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.