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ADAPT supports over 1,000 women and children

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services supported 828 women and 248 children in 2016.


Over 1,000 women and children were supported by ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services last year.


The Limerick-based support service assisted a total of 828 women and 248 children in 2016.


With national figures showing 1 in 3 Irish women experience some form of domestic abuse, ADAPT provides a range of services for women survivors and their children, including 24-hour helpline support; emergency refuge accommodation; outreach services; court accompaniment and emotional and practical support.


ADAPT House is the largest refuge in Ireland, with 14 self-contained apartments. Access to such safe accommodation is critical for the safety of victims of domestic abuse.


112 women and 182 children accessed emergency refuge accommodation with ADAPT last year. Reflecting on her experience of the refuge, one service user said,


“I don’t think I would be here if it wasn’t for ADAPT.”


24/7 support


ADAPT has also seen increasing numbers of older women accessing its services.


“In 2016 we had an increase in the number of women in their 70s and 80s looking for support,” said Director Monica McElvaney. "It takes great courage to come forward and talk about abuse especially when the person who is abusing you is a member of your family. Many of the older women who have come to us have never spoken to anyone before about their situation but have lived with abuse for many years."


ADAPT responded to 1,064 helpline calls to its Freephone helpline 1800-200-504. This service is available 24/7. Throughout 2016, ADAPT assisted a diverse range of individuals and families and supported women from 28 different countries.


ADAPT has an outreach service that provides support to women across Limerick city and county. This service is available to women who need support but want to remain in their homes or do not need refuge. Support workers are available to meet women anywhere in the county that is safe and accessible. In 2016, 317 women used the outreach service, while 295 women were supported in relation to access law enforcement and legal protection services.


‘Things can be different’


52 women last year participated in ADAPT’s support groups, with one group member saying,


“Before, I would never talk to anyone. I didn’t think that anyone could do anything, so what was the point? ADAPT helped me realise that things can be different, and that there are people who want to help me and my children.”


Along with its frontline services, ADAPT raises awareness of domestic abuse, including through its involvement in the ‘Purple Up Limerick’ campaign during the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women, which runs annually from 25 November until 10 December. In November, a rally was held in Limerick City centre highlighting the fact that 216 women have been murdered in Ireland in the past 21 years.  88% were killed by someone they knew.


Dating abuse


Almost 60% of people who have experienced severe abuse in intimate relationships experienced the abuse for the first time before they were 25 years old. Through its Healthy Relationships Programme, ADAPT works with young people in schools and youth groups to help raise awareness of the importance of building healthy relationships based on equality, dignity and mutual respect. Last year, 62 young people took part in the Healthy Relationships programme but unfortunately, due to lack of resources, ADAPT can only respond to a limited number of requests for this popular programme each year.


ADAPT also delivers training for frontline staff to help them recognise domestic abuse and to respond appropriately. In 2016, ADAPT delivered training to 484 participants, including 202 student Gardaí.


“Women in abusive relationships rely not only on the response they get from ADAPT but also on the response they get from other frontline services,” explained Monica McElvaney. 


For more information on ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, see or call 061 -412354. ADAPT’s helpline number is available 24/7 on 1800-200-504.


To donate €4 to ADAPT, text REFUGE to 50300. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 will go to ADAPT. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278.



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