Empowering Healing Supporting women impacted by domestic abuse

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Domestic Violence Response (DVR) is a Galway City and County based service that supports women impacted by domestic abuse.

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We can help

Our free and confidential services help women who are in, are leaving or have left an abusive relationship.

We understand that living with domestic abuse is frightening and isolating. Together we explore your options and support you to make positive changes. You are not alone.

One-to-one Support

Support ranges from providing information on your options to counselling sessions.

Advocacy and Accompaniment

Our advocacy workers can go with you to the relevant services or appointments.

Workshops & Educational Programmes

Support programmes specifically for women who have left their relationships.

DVR services extends to family and friends who are concerned about someone in an abusive relationship.

Contact Us 091 866 740

  • You can also reach us on 087 773 7957 and 087 164 6454
  • If you are in immediate danger, please contact the Gardaí on 999
  • 24 Hour telephone support is available from Women’s Aid on 1800 341 900

Older and vulnerable women

We provide specialised supports for vulnerable women and women aged 55 or over experiencing domestic abuse or elder abuse. This can happen in a relationship where there is an expectation of trust. It is a single or repeated act, or a lack of action, that causes harm or distress to the older person or that violates their human and civil rights.

Recognising Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

Domestic abuse is common in our society. It affects 1 in 5 women.

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour. It exists in all communities and can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or digital.

If we know the signs of an abusive relationship we may be better able to recognise and respond appropriately.

About DVR

The mission of Domestic Violence Response (DVR) is to identify and respond to the needs of women and children in County Galway who are subjected to violence and abuse.

DVR also provides a range of educational training and awareness programmes to organisations, third level colleges, community groups, secondary schools.

The principles that inform the work of DVR include:

  • Holistic
  • Confidential
  • Provision of services as a right and in a spirit of solidarity rather than a charitable approach
  • Client-led and client-centred
  • Consistent
  • Professional
  • Willing to learn
  • Fair employers
  • Supportive of staff