Domestic Violence Response (DVR) is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, chaired by Dr Ann Lyons. The board is comprised of individuals with experience and expertise in both the community sector and private corporations.
Dr Ann Lyons
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 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.
Chloe Ní Mháille
Bainisteoir at Comhar Caomhán Teo for 2 years.
Chloe completed a Bachelor of Social Science in Community & Youth Work, 2020 from the Department of Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University.
She is the island co-operative manager, Community Development officer and youth worker. Inis Oírr the smallest of the three Aran Islands is in the Gaeltacht so she works through Irish. Her work is diverse and can include advocacy, negotiating, trading, social media, tourism, public relations, renewable energy, sustainable living, promotion, and preservation of the Irish language.
Her hope as a board member is to help raise awareness of DVR services and supports on our offshore Islands in Galway and in Gaeltacht areas of Connemara. She looks forward to helping the service in any way she can over the next year and also learning more about what we can all do to make society a safer place for all.
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 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 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.
Domestic Violence Response is a registered Charity: Charity Registration number CHY18394.
The Charity is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital and is registered as Domestic Violence Response Ltd.