2 June 2010 Edition

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Domestic abuse victims on the rise

Safe Ireland, which represents services delivering frontline support to victims of domestic violence, said on Wednesday that the number of women seeking shelter after being subjected to domestic violence has increased by 43% in the last two years.
During one day last year 368 women received support or accommodation at facilities across the 26 Counties. However, as part of its slash and burn budgetary approach, the Dublin government is cutting services for victims of domestic abuse.
The figures published this morning by Safe Ireland reveal that 12 women every hour seekĀ  support or shelter.
Increased awareness of support on offer and the fall-out of the recession are being identified as two factors in the increase in demand for services.
The peak in demand is so bad that women are being turned away from services.

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