96 children supported by Kilkenny women's refuge in 2016

Amber lends its support to “16 Days of Action Campaign Against Gender Based Violence"

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

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96 children supported by Kilkenny women's refuge in 2016

Lisa Morris, Trish McGarry, Angela Sabot, Marian Dowd, Sarah Kearns and Martha with her children at the Amber Women's Refuge Centre PICTURE: PAT MOORE

Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge are marking the “16 Days of Action Campaign Against Gender Based Violence" by remembering the 96 children supported by the refuge in 2016.

The 16 Days of Action is a worldwide campaign that calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. It starts on November 25, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which ends on December 10 on International Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Amber Women’s refuge in Kilkenny held a small gathering on Wednesday, inviting local community agencies working with children to join them in remembering the 96 children that the refuge supported in 2016. They switched on the outside Christmas tree lights, 96 characters decorating the tree to represent the children using the service. The refuge opened in 2001 and provides accommodation and support to women and children fleeing abusive relationships. The refuge has free, professional and confidential services that include a support and information drop- in service a 24/7-hour low call helpline, an outreach service for women in any part of Kilkenny a court accompaniment service, counselling, education talks, and supports for children and their mothers.

The refuge would like to thank everyone that supported the service during the year with donations. The staff, Board of Management and women and children appreciate the generosity of the local community. The support goes a long way in support women and their children as they face difficult times out of home. The Christmas tree was kindly donated by Flower Power Garden Centre and thank you to Folkster Kilkenny for the Christmas decorations

Domestic violence is the physical, emotional, sexual or mental abuse of one person by another within close, intimate or family relationship. In most situations the abuser uses a range of abusive behaviours to gain and ensure power and control over the other person and these abusive actions often get worse over time. Domestic violence can also occur between family members, between same sex couples and be perpetrated by women against men.