Campaigns to raise awareness of Domestic Violence are ongoing throughout the year.
Teen Dating Violence -Schools Program 2017
This year a new and revised program is being presented to Secondary and Youth Reach Schools throughout county Offaly. The program is for teenagers with information on violence in teen relationships. Schools who are interested in having the program delivered to transition year, 5th year and 6th year students contact Gret at 0579351796 to arrange a date during April or May.
International Women's Day 2017
ODVSS celebrated International Women's Day on Wednesday 8th March. The Annual Brunch was hosted by The Bridge House Tullamore. Molly Buckley (chairperson) welcomed everyone to the Brunch and introduced our Guest Speakers Majella O'Donnell and Maria Dempsey, both of whom traveled a long way to be with us. We were inspired by their personal stories and the impact strife had on their lives. They told of their struggles to come to terms with devastation in their lives and confirmed that women are resilient out of necessity. Mary Green our local advocate recited a lovely poem and Anne Clarke manager thanked everyone for their support to the service.
LGBT Domestic Violence Awareness Training 2017
Outcomers and ODVSS held an awareness training day on March 2nd which was attended by professionals who work in the domestic violence field. The training was in response to need expressed at the previous seminar on LGBT Relationships which took place in house in November 2016. Bernadine Quinn from Outcomers Dundalk facilitated the training and a questionnaire was completed by participants for future improvements to the programme.
Not Just Physical Camapign
This is an on-going campaign to highlight that domstic violence is not just a black eye. Emotioanl, Psychological, Mental, Sexual, and Financial Abuse are very real for alot of women experiencing abuse. The Not Just Physical Campaignis promoted throughout the County and information brochures are available. To receive more informaiton on this campaign contact ODVSS 0579351796
Domestic Violence Youth Awareness Conference/Seminar 2016
A very successful conference was held in the Bridge House Hotel on Thursday 14th April and was attended by students and professionals from across the county. Our guest speakers were Margaret Martin - Director of Women's Aid Dublin, Declan Coogan - Lecturer In Social Work and also a Research Fellow with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway, Claire O’Dowd - Communications Officer Spunout.ie and Emma Murphy - Advocate on the issues of Domestic Violence and Abuse. Finger foods were served and enjoyed by all in attendance. Thank you to the Bridge House, to all our guest speakers, to Molly Buckley who filled in for our Chairman who couldn't attend due to work commitments and to all staff for all their hard work. Thanks to all who attended the Conference/Seminar without whom it couldn't be successful.