OUR HISTORY

The Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service (DWDVS) is a voluntary organisation providing information, support and temporary refuge to victims of domestic violence and their families. The group was formed in 1991, following an incident of domestic violence, which resulted in the death of a Donegal woman.  Prior to this incident a number of Donegal women, who were victims of domestic violence and who were forced to seek refuge in Northern Ireland, launched a media campaign for a refuge to be established in Donegal.  Public outcry ensued the murder of the local woman, and the implementation of crisis accommodation was the outcome of a public meeting held in Letterkenny.

Domestic violence cuts across the entire spectrum of social, welfare, health, education, legal and criminal domains.  We are the only Donegal-wide service
in operation.