dvas-polish-translation1-pic Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) are looking to make contact with groups supporting the Polish community in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan especially those groups working with women. DVAS have translated the service’s information leaflets into Polish. This is of one of the many steps by the service to reach out to all women in the counties covered by DVAS.


The aim of the information leaflet is to to address some of the barriers identified by Polish women when seeking protection from state services or support from voluntary services around domestic violence.

DVAS wants to support Polish women experiencing Domestic Violence in identifying abusive behaviours that are not just physical but also verbal , mental and financial abuse as well as isolation and intimidation. The leaflet outlines mechanisms used by services that can support women in maximizing their safety but also examines some of the myths around domestic violence .

An example of this is that alcohol is the cause of domestic violence, where the facts are that alcohol can contribute or escalate the level of abuse it is not the cause. The leaflet also goes on to reassure women that free and confidential services are available in the community.


Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) are a non-governmental organization based in Sligo that provide free and confidential services to women experiencing domestic violence in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan.


The core nature of the services work is to support women living with domestic abuse and to enable women to make informed choices about their future . The service also provides information and support that allows women to maximize their safety and the safety of their children .

DVAS offer one to one support sessions, information on rights and entitlements , advocacy services and a helpline that offers information and support for women and also for people or a family member who are concerned about a woman .


To contact DVAS please phone 071 91 41515 Monday to Friday 10am-5pm or email for information or an appointment at infodvas@eircom.net

For more information on services provided by DVAS check out their webpage www.domesticviolence.ie