The reality is that it is not possible for a woman to obtain a housing needs assessment if she is not in receipt of permanent social welfare payment, therefore her and her children are unable to access housing or rent allowance. This limits options for women experiencing abuse in their own homes to either stay or move into a refuge for up to 9 months while social welfare payments are being processed.

The motion: "The Waterford City Council calls on the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, to recognize and vindicate the exceptional welfare needs of women and children who experience domestic abuse, as the system currently creates several barriers to women moving on from domestic abuse situations."

Artist highlights the Free To Leave campaign, gives a dramatic representation of the poem 'He Loves Me He Loves Me Not' by V Malone and explores the needs of women trying to leave an abusive partner
Music: Behind the Wall by Tracy Chapman

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