“Airbnb to offer temporary free accommodation to victims of domestic violence”.
Safe Ireland and Women’s Aid have announced they are partnering with Airbnb to offer safe emergency accommodation for women and their families who are victims of domestic violence. Safe Ireland will co-ordinate the initiative with its frontline services and support from the Women’s Aid national freephone helpline.
This is a welcome initiative as there is a reduced capacity of specialist accommodation available to victims and their families by approx. 25% due to Covid-19 safe social distancing restrictions.
The emergency accommodation will be available through Airbnb free-of-charge when specialist emergency accommodation is not available.
Catherine Gleeson, the Communications Manager with Safe Ireland said “the pandemic has shone a light onto the epidemic of domestic violence in Ireland. It has also sparked an incredible outpouring of empathy, understanding and support for survivors trapped with abusers”.
Women’s Aid helpline: 1800 341 900