30% rise in those seeking DVAS support

The Domestic Violence and Advocacy Service (DVAS) for Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan are appealing to the public for support in order to improve the services and supports offered for victims of domestic abuse.

The Domestic Violence and Advocacy Service (DVAS) for Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan are appealing to the public for support in order to improve the services and supports offered for victims of domestic abuse.

According to figures released by the DVAS, last year the service assisted 132 women on a one to one basis and over 260 through its telephone helpline.

With the statistics showing that the number of women seeking assistance from the DVAS has increased by a third in the last 12 months alone, the DVAS are now calling for the public to help support their fundraising efforts.The number of women seeking their assistance increased by 1/3 last year.

The service is now hoping to raise money for its Salama fund which provides emergency assistance for women who fail to qualify for government supports as they may have only recently returned to Ireland or are foreign-nationals.