Amen’s 20th Anniversary Event

Amen’s 20th Anniversary Event
Wednesday December 6th 2017
School of Nursing and Human Sciences in Dublin City University
10am – 1pm

Amen Support Services CLG is today celebrating its 20th Anniversary with an event taking place in The School of Nursing and Human Sciences in Dublin City University (DCU) from 10.00 am. In conjunction with the anniversary event we will also launch our 2016 Annual Report.
AMEN is the only organisation in Ireland specifically addressing the needs of male victims of domestic abuse. Our service provides information and support for those vulnerable and often extremely distressed men, experiencing domestic abuse perpetrated by their partners. AMEN’s other services include a confidential helpline, information on legal options for victims, court accompaniment, counselling, one-to-one support and an outreach clinics in a variety of locations throughout the country.
A short time line of Amen’s history:

  • Established in 1997 by Mary Cleary, a nurse working in A & E who noticed the rising number of men presenting to hospital with signs of domestic abuse.
  • By 2007 Amen had secured its first HSE funding and the first staff were employed. This funding resulted in admin, clerical, support workers and managers being employed by Amen.
  • By 2017 Amen currently has 9 employees (4 full time and 5 part time) there are also 5 contractors who work in the areas of counselling, therapy and court accompaniment.

Our range of services has grown over this period to now include activities such as:

  • Training for professionals, schools, colleges and industry.
  • Development work in areas of collaboration with other organisations within the sector, ongoing projects to raise awareness of the issue of domestic abuse against male victims and the development of new funding streams.
  • The provision of life skill courses such as parenting, cookery and mindfulness.
  • The establishment of new Outreach clinics in a variety of locations throughout the country

At the 20th Anniversary event our guest speakers are:

  • Greg Heylin, Deputy Director at Cosc and Principal Officer for the victims of crime office, who will speak about the second national strategy on domestic abuse and the positive outcomes it will lead to for men experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Detective Sergeant Laura Sweeny will speak about the role of the new units for Domestic Abuse within An Garda Síochana.
  • Aidan Cooney, HSE clinical social worker, will speak about Domestic abuse and mental health in relation to the male experience and perspective.
  • Dr. Melissa Corbally, DCU, will present her research carried out in conjunction with Amen and the services we provided in 2016.

Mr. Damien English T.D and Minister for Housing and Rural Development will also attend to add his support to the event and make a short speech.

Details included in the 2016 Annual Report include:

Contacts to Amen 5550 (up 35% on previous year)
CSVC Funded Activities 220 meetings with 176 men
One to one sessions 456 (up 40% over 3 years)
Calls to Amen 3096 (83% Crisis calls)
(17% Advocacy, Outgoing, missed calls)
Counselling hours 212 hours of counselling with 32 clients
Disclosures of Domestic Abuse 5196 (72% Verbal & Psychological abuse)
(16% Physical abuse)
(11% Social & Economic abuse)
(1% Sexual abuse)
Workshop Hours 88 to 35 clients
Group Therapy hours 28

Psychological and verbal abuse is now the main type of abuse being disclosed. It must be noted however that several types of abuse including physical, psychological and verbal may be reported in the same incident.
The number of counselling hours has been maintained despite the fact that there is no direct funding for this service. All funding for counselling comes from donations.
The topic of abuse is now more widely spoken about than ever before. This has in turn enabled a lot more victims to come forward and speak about it and seek help.
There is still a long way to go to fulfill the service level required to support victims of domestic abuse. However with the continued support of funders, both private and public, we hope to build on and continue to improve all of the services which we provide to the men who need it for many years to come.

For further information contact:

Phone: 0818 22 22 40

Email: info@amen.ie

Website: www.amen.ie
www.whatwouldyoudo.ie

Address: St Anne’s Resource Centre
Railway Street
Navan
Co. Meath

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