THE manager of Kildare’s only women’s refuge has welcomed TUSLA’s commitment to provide funding for a 24/7 helpline “for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency” but pointed out the service is still operating with half the required funds, and a third of the required staff.
Lorraine Rowan, CEO of Teach Tearmann in Kildare town revealed that she runs the facility with a budget of just €300,000 with a staff of five, but needs a budget of €600,000 and a staff of 16 to manage demand.
“Officially our remit is for Kildare and West Wicklow, but there is a complete absence of refuge in the Midlands, and we provide support for women from Offaly, Laois and Carlow,” she explained.
This came to light last week (2 April) after An Garda Síochána issued a warning to expect an increase in domestic violence reporting on account of the imposed quarantine.
“We had a 9-5 phone service, and they could call in for a face to face. Now these women are trapped in these houses with their abuser, and can’t use the phone coz he’s there all the time,” she pointed out.
The new 24/7 helpline for Kildare’s women’s refuge is 045-527584.
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