Domestic violence victim services 'at tipping point'
Published 29/09/2011 | 05:00
WOMEN and children looking for safety were turned away more than 3,200 times last year because refuges were full or unavailable.
Safe Ireland said the number of times victims of domestic abuse were refused accommodation jumped by 38pc.
More than 100 calls a day were made to support helplines by distressed women during the year.
Some 1,545 women along with 2,355 children lived in refuges at various times.
Releasing its National Statistics, Safe Ireland, which represents 39 frontline domestic violence services, said that the latest figures showed existing services had reached "tipping point".
It said there was a spike in distressed telephone calls, which was leading to an "emergency accommodation crisis".
In 2009, there were 33,621 calls answered by domestic violence groups across the country. Last year that number increased to 38,629.