#NowMoreThanEver Campaign To Support Clare Victims Of Domestic Violence

The Clare Local Area Network opposing Violence Against Women is a government funded agency, originally established in 1997 following a Government task force on Violence Against Women.

Over the last 23 years each local area network has focused on raising awareness around domestic violence. In County Clare, the network is made up of representatives from the following agencies;

· An Garda Síochána
· Clare Haven Services
· Haven Horizons
· Clare Court Services
· Probation Services
· Mental Health Services
· Primary Care Social Work Services
· Citizens Information Bureau
· Clare County Council – Homeless Action Team
· Rape Crisis Midwest
· M.O.V.E. (Men Overcoming Violent Emotions)
· M.A.B.S.

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The Clare Local Area Network on Violence Against Women (CLAN) has now developed an awareness campaign, entitled Now More Than Ever. The purpose of this campaign is to inform people that all of the support agencies are open and that we are all continuing to work together to try and assist women and children in their efforts to manage or escape domestic abuse. Covid-19 has created a barrier to services for women in a number of forms. Abusers are now at home more and this increases the risk to women and children. On speaking to members of CLAN, women believe that services are closed i.e. no courts and no refuge. This provided our theme for the campaign, NOW MORE THAN EVER. Now more than ever we need to support women in any way that we can, we need to find out the information for them, we need to reach in if they are not able to reach out.

On Friday’s Morning Focus, Sgt. Catriona Houlihan of Ennis Garda Station and Sharon O’Halloran of SAFE Ireland joined Gavin to discuss the campaign, and to highlight the avialability of these crucial services at this time.