MUNSTER Rugby has lent its considerable weight to the charity organisation Adapt to raise awareness of domestic abuse in Limerick in the run up to the festive period.
Adapt, which has services in Rosbrien in Limerick, believes that Munster’s involvement in this project will highlight the role men can play in eliminating abuse and show that “real men don’t abuse women”.
“Most men are against domestic abuse. We want to engage them in working with us to end abuse against women and to actively refuse to tolerate any form of this crime whether physical, emotional, sexual and financial,” said Laura Bohan, of Adapt.
Their campaign sets out to involve men making a commitment to never abuse or control women and to stand up to those who do.
One in five women in Ireland will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. International research suggests that domestic abuse calls to the police rise significantly during major sporting occasions such as the Rugby World Cup.
The campaign will involve actively promoting the healthy relationships programme which engages with young people through secondary schools and aims to help them build relationships based on dignity and mutual respect.
Adapt provides refuge accommodation to women and their children who have experienced domestic abuse. Freephone number 1800 200 504.