16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women - 8th December in Tramore

Tramore Gospel Singers
16 Days Annual Campaign Opposing Violence Against Women 2015

Waterford Local Area Network Opposing Violence Against Women (LAN) awareness raising event 'Women's Voices' in Tramore  on 8th December 2015. 

This event, which was funded by COSC (the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence) was part of the global 16 Days of Action opposing violence against women. This campaign runs annually from 25th November (International Day Opposing Violence Against Women) to the 10th December (International Human Rights Day). 


The event,  held in the Coast Guard Station Tramore on Tuesday last, was attended by approximately 80 people.  It aimed to raise awareness and highlight supports & services for women experiencing domestic abuse in County Waterford.  The Tramore Gospel Singers led by local musician Jane O'Brien Moran, once again, supported the event with their unique harmonies and sensitive choice of songs.      


Local Area Network Chairperson, Heather Kiely, Sacred Heart FRC, welcomed everyone to the event and introduced a short film, from Women's Aid, entitled 'Women's Voices'.  Women’s Aid interviewed survivors of domestic violence and the women’s stories were put together in a video which aims to build better understanding of the complexities of domestic violence. Aimed at women who are currently in abusive relationships, the 8 minute long video uses the voices of women who have experienced emotional, physical, financial and sexual abuse. It aims to help women recognise abusive behaviour, know that they are not alone and encourage them to reach out for support.


Clodagh Dowley, Waterford Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre, outlined the services provided by the Centre.  She stressed the importance of letting people know that help is available, and that the Centre will help women access additional services also. The Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre provides a counselling service in Dungarvan one day a week which can be accessed through the Waterford City number. Breeda Ryan, Oasis House Women's Refuge, spoke about the additional supports available to the women and children who use the refuge in Waterford City. Breda Murphy, Waterford Women's Centre spoke about the Domestic Abuse Support Service (DASS) available in the Women's Centre by appointment.   


The Waterford Local Area Network (LAN) is a network of statutory, community and voluntary groups that provide services to women and children who are or have experienced domestic abuse. The LAN aims to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women, improve communication between service providers, help women access those services and adress issues that place barriers to women and childrens safety.


For Further Information please contact: Oasis Hourse Women's Refuge: 051 370367 Helpline 1890 264 364 Waterford Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre: 051 873362 Helpline 1800 296 296 Waterford Women’s Centre Centre (051) 351918