We are a Galway City and County based service and we provide counselling support and information service, advocacy support and accompaniment to relevant agencies, telephone support and educational support programmes to women impacted by domestic abuse. Our administrative base in Oughterard includes offices, a meeting room and a counselling room for service users. In addition to this, we have outreach counselling rooms and a group training room in Triskel Healing Centre in Salthill, Galway. We providing free and confidential services to women at all stages of dealing with an abusive relationship, before during and after. The trained staff at DVR give you an opportunity to explore problems you may be having in your relationship. DVR can also arrange a once-off assessment visit with you at a place that is safe and accessible, and offer further follow-up appointments, court accompaniment and referrals to other agencies if necessary. A telephone support service is also available. DVR have eight part-time workers consisting of a director, trained counselling support workers, advocacy workers, office support staff and a financial administrator.
The services helped because in a meeting with one of DVR women she heard me and somehow gave me a sense of witness. I felt a sense of being heard for the first time but also an educated and empowering exchange went on. I could finally see what I had been in and more than anything else I felt respected and believed. I also got incredible support during my legal case - which felt like I had a midwife with me as I moved into a new part of my life.
DVR Client testimony
The mission of DVR is to identify and respond to the needs of women and children in County Galway who are subjected to violence and abuse in the home and to develop long-term responses that work towards the elimination of domestic violence. The vision of DVR is a society that understands and deals effectively with domestic abuse.
The principles that inform the work of DVR include:
- Provision of services as a right and in a spirit of solidarity rather than a charitable approach;
- Client-led and client-centred;
- Willing to learn;
- Fair employers, supportive of staff;
Our work is prioritised under the following headings:
- To support women and children who are subjected to violence in the home
- To provide education, training and awareness work
- To contribute to national policy on domestic abuse
1992 - 1997
- Letterfrack Women’s Group and group of individuals joined together to campaign for supports in rural Connemara
- Funding secured to create a service
- Board of Diretors identified and trained
- Opened first office in Recess National School Connemara
- Recruited trainer and trained staff and volunteers to provide services
- Employed 1 part-time staff
- Identified volunteers
- Networked with other service providers to establish referral pathways.
- Became a registered company limited by guarantee
- Commission for survivors of abuse in Letterfrack Industrial School - The Frack Remembered
- The Connemara Justice Project booklet published
- Began to provide outreach, support and advocacy services in North and South Connemara
- Provided face to face and phone support to 20 new clients in 2001
- Created literature, posters etc to adverse service.
- Began public awareness campaign
- Developed policy and procedures for service delivery
- Developed and rolled out advocacy service
- Official launch by Eamon O Cuiv.
2002 - 2005
- Secured funding from Equality for Women Measure
- Employed 5 part-time staff
- Produced Living to Tell the Tale and Home Truths - Educational Resources
- Provided group support to 30 women in North and South Connemara.
- Provided face tot face and phone support to new clients in 2001
- Produced I know a Women poetry booklet
- Moved to office in Oughterard
- Produced teenage educational resource Life's Real Fairytale
- Began school educational work with transition year students in Galway City and County
- Provided support to 99 Clients
- 139 client appointments
2009 - 2012
- Experienced severe cuts in funding
- Established outreach rooms in Triskel Healing Centre, Salthill, Galway
- Registered as a charity
- Developed staff training and employment manual
- 2009: Provided 97 court accompaniments
- 2012: 119 new clients
- Commenced annual lecture with Maynooth on Domestic Violence and Rural Women's Issues
2014 - 2017
- Developed and delivered educational support programmes for women
- Initiated Parenting in the Aftermath of Domestic Violence Support Programmes
- Provided support to 245 clients in 2017
We are grateful to all our funders for providing funding to us. Our core funding comes from Tusla, the child and family agency.
We also receive funding from the Department of Justice through the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime.
Other funders include
Galway County Council
Galway City Council
Galway Wind Park SSE
Galway Rural Development
Community Foundation for Ireland