A leading women’s advocacy group says the housing crisis is forcing women in this region to stay with abusive partners.
Angela Keaveney, the domestic-violence service co-ordinator with Longford Women’s Link, says accommodation is so scarce women are staying put in their homes in unsafe relationships rather than leaving and be faced with nowhere to stay.
In recent months, the organisation has seen an increase in the incidence of women seeking protection and safety orders from the courts to act as a deterrent to an abusive partner.
Although men can remain in the family home under these orders, many women feel once the courts have been put on notice of abuse they feel more safeguarded.
And Ms Keaveney says it’s not only the availability of housing that’s an issue, but also the affordability.