Kerry’s only refuge for victims of domestic violence was forced to turn people away on almost two hundred occasions so far this year, due to shortage of accommodation.
According to a spokeswoman for the Adapt Kerry, 80 new cases, including families and individuals, were acccommodated at their shelter in Tralee this year.
However, there were 198 occasions during 2015 so far, when victims of domestic violence could not be facilitied, due to lack of space.
On these occasions, the women and children involved, either had to use a shelter in another county, or return home to a violent situation.
Manager of the Tralee shelter, AnnaMarie Foley, made her comments ahead of the launch of the ‘Man Up’ photo exhibition, due to open in Tralee tomorrow.
Ms Foley says, the nationwide housing shortage is largely to blame for the large numbers being turned away: