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Would like to wish all of our clients, our friends and their families, a happy and peaceful holiday season.

Our office will be closed on Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th December.

Our phones will be answered from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 27th December, Friday 28th and Monday 31st December.

Normal service hours resume from 2nd January.

There will be no outreach service on Friday 28th December or January 4th.

WOMEN’S AID National Freephone 24/7 Helpline is available throughout the holidays and can be contacted on: 1800 341 900

Anyone in urgent need of assistance should call An Garda Siochána.


YANA (You are Not Alone)
North Cork Domestic Violence Project CLG

Project Co-Ordinator
The Project has a current vacancy for a full time Project Co-Ordinator – 37.5 hours a week
(2 year Contract)

The ideal candidate will have an ability to deliver a high-quality service through a co-operative working style with the team. They will be energetic, innovative, enthusiastic, highly motivated, with a commitment to the vision of supporting women and children through empowerment.

Candidates for this position will be expected to satisfy several criteria as follows:

• Attained a Major Third Level Qualification (QQ1 Level 8/9) in Social Care or related discipline.
• Minimum five years management experience in NGO sector, including staff and organisation management, financial management, fundraising and HR.
• Relevant experience/knowledge on the issues of violence against women and homelessness, and its impact on both women and children.
• Up to date awareness of all legislation in the area of domestic abuse, homelessness and child protection.
• Excellent communication/interpersonal skills including group facilitation skills.
• Relevant IT Literacy
• Experience of inter-agency work
• Full Clean Driving Licence

A Job Description is available on www.yana.ie
Short listing will apply and a panel may be formed.
Closing date for receipt of CV by email is 9am on the 3rd January 2019.
Applicants to email a copy of their Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to yananorthcork@gmail.com
Interview Date for selected applicants will be 10th January 2019 at YANA office in Mallow, Co. Cork.
Any queries to yananorthcork@gmail.com


West Cork Women Against Violence are running a programme specifically for women who are parenting alone after domestic abuse. From Surviving to Thriving will look at:
•     Understanding children’s behaviours and responses to their experiences
•     Emotional manipulation and control of children by ex-partners
•     Access issues
•    Continued control by abusive partners through use of the courts
•     Managing and looking after your own feelings and needs

The course will provide:
•    Sessions from experts on child psychology and family law
•    Expertise on the dynamics and aftermath of domestic abuse
•    Tools and information to help you manage and cope with both your children’s and your own emotions and needs
•    Peer support
•    Ongoing support from WCWAV

Participants should:
•    Be living apart from their abusive partner
•    Meet with WCWAV staff before enrolling in the programme
•    Give a commitment to regular attendance to the programme

WCWAV will:
•    Support women to attend by looking at practical solutions to any childcare& transport needs
•    Ensure that every woman who enrols is given one-to one support as needed to continue
•    Endeavour to make the experience of working together on the programme a positive and empowering one for all involved.

If you are interested and would like more details please contact: 02753847 to speak to any of our staff or email admin@westcorkwomensproject.ie

Outreach Clinic

The West Cork Women Against Violence Project is delighted to announce that there will be an Outreach Clinic based in Clonakilty from March 2018 onwards.

The outreach will provide a safe, confidential space for women to meet with a support worker and broadens accessibility to the Projects service.

The outreach will operate on an appointment basis on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm. To make an appointment please contact 027-53847


Delay in Opening West Cork Protective Services Unit

West Cork Women Against Violence has issued a press statement on this issue.

If you would like to let the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, know how you feel about this, you can contact him at charles.flanagan@oir.ie
or Dept of Justice and Equality, 51 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin2 D02HK52
or + 353 1 602 8202


West Cork Women Against Violence is delighted and honoured to be the final recipient of the Mary Daly Fund

This generous donation is all the more special because it is given in the name of Mary Daly who from everything we have learned, was a woman who shared our values of defending women’s rights and protecting children. They are values which the Trustees of the Mary Daly Fund, her family, have continued to embody and promote.

Ms. Kathleen Harnedy, Chairperson of West Cork Women Against Violence, in receiving the grant on behalf of the organisation has said; “With these monies, our service to women experiencing domestic abuse will now be able to develop and enhance our work with women in crisis. For some time, we have wanted to explore ways of providing a range of wraparound services to women and children by improving their access to a full range of supports. This grant will allow us to do that developmental work and provide the additional staffing it requires. But just as importantly, this funding gives us as an organisation a much-needed breathing space in which we do not have to worry about how we can offer the level of support that women who contact us need. The Mary Daly Fund grant gives us the opportunity to introduce new services and extend existing ones, allowing us to focus on the future and our vision of a safe place for women and children in West Cork fleeing domestic violence.”

West Cork Women Against Violence sincerely thank Charles Daly and his sons for this financial gift which, through our organisation, will assist hundreds of women and children in West Cork. We will also ensure that how we use this grant honours the name and memory of Mary Daly.

For a full article on the Award in the Irish Examiner, please click here


Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV) Services Programme

Dear Friends,

West Cork Women Against Violence are working with the Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV) Services Programme team (Tusla, The Child and Family Agency), to produce a Needs Analysis Project in Cork city and county. This research aims:

•    To present an overview of all Domestic/Sexual Violence services in Cork City and County
•    To present an analysis of current users of Domestic/Sexual Violence services
•     To identify current sources of data/statistics on Domestic/Sexual Violence and thereby identify gaps/duplication in such data
•    To identify and analyse gaps in services and develop informed recommendations regarding the future direction of Domestic/Sexual Violence services

The Needs Analysis is being carried out by Community Consultants and is being overseen by an Advisory Group made up, among others, of representatives of domestic and sexual violence services in the region.

This is where YOU can help.

The Needs Analysis wants to get feedback from the general population, women and men living in Cork city or county as to your knowledge, access and experience of Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence services.

If you would like to add your thoughts, experiences and opinions to the research then click on to the link below- this is completely voluntary and anonymous unless you choose to provide your details.

To complete this survey, click here

Many thanks for your help and your interest.

West Cork Women Against Violence


Stategic Plan 2017 – 2020

Our Stategic Plan for the years 2017 to 2020 is now finalised and published. If you would like to know how we see the Project developing over these years you can download a copy of the Strategic Plan here
West Cork Women Against Violence Project

West Cork Women Against Violence Project provides a free and confidential support, listening and information service to women who have experienced domestic abuse.

Domestic Violence can be emotional, physical, sexual or financial abuse.  Domestic Violence knows no social boundaries and women of all ages can find themselves in abusive relationships.  Women can experience one or several different types of abuse at the same time.

Our Services:

•    Helpline
•    One to One Appointments
•    Outreach
    Court Accompaniment
•    Appointment Accompaniment
    Support for family & friends
•    Support for professionals

You can help us by donating with our ‘Donate’ button at the top left of the page

Violence Against Women is Unacceptable

Our Services Evaluated

West Cork Women Against Violence commissioned  Dr. Caroline Crowley from March- September 2016 to conduct an evaluation of our services. This involved a survey of both clients who had used the service and of professionals in other agencies with whom we work.

The aim of the evaluation was to find out directly from those who come in contact with West Cork Women Against Violence what they thought of the work we do and what impact our services have on them. The research involved an anonymous survey which went out to 40 clients and over 30 agencies, community and voluntary groups and frontline professionals in health, social work, Garda Siochana and others.

The women who have used the service speak in their own words about what WCWAV meant to them and the importance of its support in a time in their lives when they felt that no one else understood what they were experiencing. The responses and recommendations made by all those who responded will form the basis of West Cork Women Against Violence next 3 year Strategic Plan 2017-2020.

The results and analysis of that survey are told here in the final report “Someone to Turn to, Somewhere to Go.“
The presentation of that Report’s findings which was given by Dr. Caroline Crowley at the Report’s launch on 22nd September 2016 is available to download as a pdf file here: evaluation2016

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West Cork Women Against Violence Project is registered with the Charity Regulator and is in full compliance with all of their requirements. Charity No. 20056292 Company No. 6355556J.
West Cork Women Against Violence is also registered with the Office of the Revenue Commissioners ref no CHY 15947.

West Cork Women Against Violence publish an Annual Report on all our activities and the services we provide, including an annual audited financial report each year. Copies of our Annual Report and financial accounts can be obtained by contacting us or phoning our office on 02853847.