Domestic Violence Response is a registered Charity (Charity Registration number CHY18394) and is located at The Courtyard, Main Street, Oughterard, Co. Galway, H91 HNW8. The Charity is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital and is registered as Domestic Violence Response ltd.
DVR is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, chaired by Ann Lyons. The board is comprised of individuals with experience expertise and in both the community sector and private corporations. The board have considerable experience in finances, community development, corporate sector and research. We also have input from service users. The board meet on a regular basis throughout the year to set and review our direction and make sure we are delivering our objectives. Policy is decided by the board is implemented by the coordinator of Domestic Violence Response. The board set a high professional and ethical standard for the work of DVR. The directors do not receive any remuneration.
Our Board Directors
Ann Lyons – Chair
Dr Ann Lyons works as a co-ordinator of community-university engagement at the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) NUI Galway, the university’s centre for community engagement. The CKI works in close liaison with a wide range of individuals and groups, both inside and outside the university, to develop civic links and partnerships, through a range of activities including volunteering, service-learning and community based research.
Gráinne Rice – Treasurer
Gráinne Rice is Treasurer and is presently studying a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy. Gráinne has extensive management experience in the catering and corporate world and combines this with her desire to work for social justice and change, particularly with regard to women's equality.
Elizabeth Power – Secretary
Elizabeth Power, RPN, RNMH, BA Social & EconomicsStudies (Women’s Studies), Masters in Writing, Certificatein Gestalt Therapy and a Diploma in Family Celebrancy. She has been Coordinator of Domestic Violence Response since 2000.
Tríona Nic Giolla Choille – Director
Tríona has a BSc in Social Science and a MA in Communications. She has considerable experience of working in the community and voluntary sector at local, national and E.U. level for many years.
Marie Galvin – Director
Marie has a keen interest in women’s issues and has a MA in Women's Studies from University of Limerick. Marie worked as Researcher in the Health Promotion Department in NUI Galway. She also worked as an advocate with DVR for women going through the family law courts in Galway.
Rachel Doyle – Director
Rachel is a qualified community worker with over 25 years’ experience of working in the community sector at local and national levels. Her experience includes co-ordinating local and national Traveller organisations, 10 years work with the National Women’s Council of Ireland as Head of Development and Outreach and involvement with a wide range of anti-racism, social inclusion, equality and anti - poverty initiatives. She is currently employed as joint National Co-ordinator with Community Work Ireland and is an occasional lecturer in equality and community work at the Department of Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University.
Ciara Shanahan – Director
She graduated from NUI Maynooth in 2000 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth & Community Work and again in 2010 with a Masters in Applied Social Studies. Ciara has worked in a variety of settings with the Traveller community and more specifically with Traveller women, both in local and national organisations and in both policy and practice settings. She has also worked as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies, NUI, Maynooth teaching on the youth and community work programme there. More recently she has worked in management roles in both homeless services and the intellectual disability sector.
Ursula McMorrow – Director
Ursuala has a BA, H. Dip, M.Ed and is a former Senior Family Support Worker with Tusla. Prior to this Ursula worked as a Money Advice Coordinator and teacher for several years.
DVR is committed to working to the highest standards in all our fundraising and we strive to be transparent and accountable at all times.
Our financial accounts are independently audited every year.
Our accounts are SORP compliant.
We are a member of the Charities Regulator and adhere to the guidelines as set out by the Charities Regulator for all our fundraising.