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Justice Minister Helen McEntee has supported the campaign which is going nationwide this year.

Go purple this Friday to support Clare Haven


CLARE Haven Domestic Abuse Support Services is calling on members of the public to Go Purple on Friday (April 29) to raise awareness of domestic violence and to raise funds for its service.

In association with Safe Ireland and An Garda Síochána, a call is being made for people of all ages to show their solidarity for women and children being subjected to, experiencing and exiting domestic abuse, by embracing the colour purple for one day.

The initiative will support the vital work of Clare Haven, the only dedicated domestic abuse service based in this county.

Last year alone, the service received 1,005 helpline calls. In 2021, 569 women accessed non-refuge outreach support while 94 women and 188 children were accommodated in Clare Haven’s refuge.

During this time, the service also provided 200 court accompaniments.

The purple-themed fundraising and awareness event was started last year as a local event in County Meath by Stacey Looby.

A member of An Garda Síochána, Stacey sought to consolidate the community partnership between the force and local domestic violence service, and to raise funds within the community.

This year, with the support of the Department of Justice, Minister Helen McEntee and Safe Ireland – of which Clare Haven is a member – the campaign is being rolled out across the country.

“The colour purple represents love, strength, dignity and independence all of which embrace the characteristics of a caring community which resists violence against women and children,” a campaign spokesperson said.

People at home, school, college and the workplace are encouraged to get involved in the campaign on Friday.

They can do so by wearing, cooking, growing, eating or creating something purple, sharing their image on social media platforms using the hashtag #GoPurple. Donations can be made to Clare Haven Services via its website Clarehaven.ie or through its Facebook page.

Supporters can also buy a ticket for Clare Haven’s Summer Treats Fundraiser. Courtesy of Gregan’s Castle Hotel, there is a chance to win either dinner, bed and breakfast for two, or a gourmet dinner for two in their luxurious hotel.

More details are available online here

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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