Based on Women’s Aid frontline experience with both survivors and health care professionals, domestic abuse and pregnancy/maternity care research and in line with the Maternity Strategy we wanted to offer a more dedicated and sustainable resource to support the midwives, doctors, nurses and social workers who care for pregnant women who may be experiencing domestic abuse.
To enhance the Maternity Hospitals & Units response to victims/survivors of domestic violence and abuse through a jointly created, delivered and operated Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) Training, Awareness and Referral Programme
Women’s Aid and four of Ireland’s leading maternity hospitals are working together to support women subjected by domestic violence and abuse including coercive control with a three-year pilot programme. The partnership is between Women’s Aid and the three Dublin Maternity hospitals (The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, The Rotunda Hospital, the National Maternity Hospital and Ireland South Women and Infants Directorate (primarily Cork University Maternity Hospital).
The three-year pilot project will enhance the maternity hospitals response to domestic abuse through a jointly created training, awareness and referral programme.
A dedicated Women’s Aid domestic abuse support worker is assigned linked to the three Dublin maternity hospitals and receives referrals directly from these hospitals.
We launched an awareness campaign during the 16 days of Activism 2021 which involved the four leading hospitals and their regional counterparts and created unique pregnancy and domestic abuse resources. Please feel free to download, print, use and share these resources.
On 30th November 2021, Women's Aid held a webinar on the issue of domestic abuse during pregnancy.
This event marked the launch of the Women's Aid Maternity Project with four of Ireland's leading maternity hospitals to enhance the Maternity Hospitals & Units response to victims/survivors of domestic violence and abuse through a jointly created, delivered and operated Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) Training, Awareness and Referral Programme.
If you would like any more information about this project please do not hesitate to get in touch with Gillian Dennehy, Maternity Project Coordinator at Gillian.firstname.lastname@example.org
This work was made possible through the support of KKR Covid Response Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors