New domestic violence refuge

Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service is officially opening its new purpose-built refuge in Letterkenny tomorrow.

Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service is officially opening its new purpose-built refuge in Letterkenny tomorrow.

The project, which cost over €800,000, is to be named Gloria House after Gloria McCole, the 29-year-old mother of two, who was murdered in her home in 1991. Gloria’s children Alana and Joseph will attend the opening.

The facility, which can house four families, is the first of its kind in the north west. The community in Donegal raised over €80,000 for the project.

The refuge includes four two-bedroom apartments, a three-bedroom house, counselling rooms and rooms for inter-agency services.

Manager of the Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service, Fiona Doherty, said the facility is making a huge difference to the victims of domestic violence. “They have their own front but still have access to a support worker if needed,” she said.