DVAS services are targeted at women in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.
DVAS services are targeted at women in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence. Our awareness work is targeted at the general public and training is provided to practitioners in relevant statutory, community and voluntary organisations. Domestic Violence Advocacy Service is a non- governmental organisation working for the rights of all women and children affected by domestic violence in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan. DVAS provide support to women who experience domestic abuse and other forms of gender based violence through a range of free, confidential and accessible front-line services that focus on maximizing women and children’s safety, DVAS provide emotional support, information provision about a range of rights, entitlements and options open to women, risk assessment, safety planning and advocacy on a one to one basis to women at risk. This can be accessed by women through our helpline, at one to one support sessions in DVAS bases in Sligo and Carrick on Shannon, or on outreach visits in a safe and confidential locality close to where the woman lives. DVAS also provide a Court Accompaniment service and short term crisis accommodation in the DVAS Safe House service. A new service providing self help groups for survivors of domestic abuse will start in September 2015. DVAS also carry out awareness raising activities on the issue of violence against women and work to influence relevant institutions in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan to ensure that women and their children have access to their human rights, safety, accountability and justice.
- Sligo town and environs
- Sligo - north
- Sligo - south, east and west
- Leitrim - Carrick-on-Shannon and environs
- Leitrim - south
- Leitrim - north
Also West Cavan, Blacklion and Dowra area
- Service provided at above address
- Service provided at various locations throughout the area covered
DVAS have an office in Sligo and an office in Carrick on Shannon. One to one support sessions are also provided to all locations throughout Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan.
- Charge applies for some services / some services free
There is a daily service charge for occupants in DVAS Safe Houses. All other services are free of charge.
- People can self-refer / access the service directly (without the need for a referral)
- Through GP
- Through schools
- Through Tusla Child and Family Social Workers
- Through other Tusla services (e.g. Education Welfare Service)
- Through HSE services
- Through other statutory services
- Through other community / voluntary service
- Young adults (18-24 years)
- Adults (25-64 years)
- Adults (65+ years)