Denise has vast experience working with the issue of domestic violence, in services, policy development, interagency work and campaigning for legislative change. Formerly the Director of Women’s Aid an organisation working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children, for over 10 years. Since its foundation in 1974, and under Denise’s leadership, Women’s Aid achieved a profound shift in social, cultural and political attitudes towards abused women in Ireland. The organisation’s direct services to women have supported efforts to change and improve societal and political responses to domestic violence. Under Denise’s leadership the organisation developed new services to support women (phone line, outreach, court accompaniment), develop a robust national training strategy with key agencies and achieved legislative change.
In her role as CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Denise oversaw the development of responses to migrant families experiencing domestic violence, and worked with a coalition of organisations to ensure the introduction of new policies to greater access to services.
Denise was a member of the European Women’s Lobby’s Observatory on Violence against women, and chaired the panel on migrant women. She was also a member of the Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women Denise and a member of the National Domestic Violence Intervention Agency (NDVIA). She was a Ministerial appointment to the Women’s Health Council of Ireland; the Government’s Crime Council and the Irish Government Task Force on Violence against Women.