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Sligo Traveller Support Group say NO to violence against women

During November and December this year an international campaign will take place highlighting the issue of violence against women. The initiative called “16 Days of Action” will take place across Ireland and the world with a wide variety of events planned.

Beginning on November 25th, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ending on December 10th, International Human Rights Day  the “16 Days of Action” has been taking place since 1991 with approximately 4,000 organisations in 172 countries taking part.

In Ireland according to the Womens Aid organisation 1 in 5 women in Ireland experience domestic abuse, in 2015 there were over 16,000 cases of domestic violence against women including physical, sexual and emotional abuse. In 2013 there were over 2,000 women and 2,800 children admitted to refuges due to domestic violence while 55% of women murdered in Ireland were killed by their partner or ex partner.

To mark the “16 Days of Action” Sligo Traveller Support Group (STSG) are organising a series of events to raise awareness about violence against women.

To begin with the Gurteen boxing club at one of their recent tournaments held a photo shoot where club members and coaches stood in the ring with posters with slogans such as “Domestic Violence is Not a Sport”.

STSG are also holding two awareness raising coffee mornings one which took place on  Tuesday November 29th at their offices on Cranmore Road and on Wednesday December 7th from 11-1pm at the Northside Community Centre Forthill.

On Wednesday November 23rd STSG United held a photo shoot where players, coaches, a Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) representative and gathered to raise awareness about the issue under the slogan “Give Domestic Violence The Red Card”.

On Tuesday December 6th there will be an event for the victims of violence against women taking place on the footbridge over the Garavogue River at the Riverside Hotel Sligo. Lilies will be dropped into the water in remembrance of the victims of violence. A plaque designed by the young people at the Sligo  Traveller Support Group carpentry workshop will be presented to the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service. This takes place at 2pm.

STSG are also participating  in a social media campaign in partnership with Pavee Point where men and women have photos take with a poster with slogan “I speak up because….. #BreakTheSilence

STSG manager Bernadette Maughan said “We are delighted to be involved again with the 16 Days of action as its vital issue for all communities especially as we enter the Christmas period and we place a great importance on organising our events. The statistics on domestic violence are shocking and at STSG we have always provided as much support as possible to victims and information to people.

Over the past few years we would have supported approximately 15 people directed impacted by domestic violence with many more referred to DVAS.  The 16 days is about raising awareness, getting people talking and promoting healthy relationships. Bernadette continued “we need to move from the idea that factors such as drugs and alcohol abuse are the main causes of violence and abuse. They are often the trigger but we as a society need to tackle the root causes which can be power and control in relationships. We all have a part to play in tackling this”

For more information and support  you can contact Sligo Traveller Support Group on 9145780 and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 9141515