Domestic violence and homelessness vigil to take place in Carlow in wake of damning report

Women and children fleeing violent homes 'end up on the streets of Dublin', Carlow report found

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It will be held at the Liberty Tree in Carlow Town

Right2Housing Carlow/Kilkenny has called a vigil on Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm outside the Liberty Tree to acknowledge the thousands of women across Carlow who are survivors of domestic violence. 

Organisers say a recent report on homelessness in Carlow has grasped the scale of the problem locally.

They say it also acknowledges how women and children are "disproportionately affected by the growing epidemic of homelessness".

"Homelessness in Carlow 2018" found that Carlow women and children fleeing violent homes are accommodated in refuges in Kildare and Dublin, and that "some end up on the streets of Dublin".

In the summer of 2018, 88 people were recorded as being homeless and 23 of these were women and a further 32 were children.

Homeless campaigner Peter McVerry says the lack of a women's refuge in Carlow is "scandalous" after a new report on homelessness in Carlow was published this week. 

People Before Profit local election candidate, Adrienne Wallace said: "This event is called so the community can come together for a reprieve from the barbarity that has become normalised under austerity.

"Nationally there has been huge cuts to the support services women rely on. On top of this cut to lone parents allowance, wage stagnation and huge childcare bills means that the system is stacked against women and children.

"We deserve the right to rear children without the threat of violence, poverty and homelessness. This vigil is our way of taking a stand against this oppression and to fight for more support services and a way to mark community solidarity."

Speakers on the day will be advocates from the newly formed Carlow Domestic Abuse Action Network, Right2Housing Carlow/Kilkenny and Carlow Women's Refuge Campaign.

All are welcome and this is a child friendly event.

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