Trained staff adopt an empowering self-help and mutual aid approach when supporting Refuge resident's around their emotional and practical support needs. This enables the woman to make a decision that feels right for her within her situation. This support is available for residents to access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Practical help and information on legal, financial and housing issues. Staff will assist you in creating your own personal safety plan in the event you have to leave your home.
Emotional support is a basic necessity when someone finds themselves in a crisis. Resident’s or helpline callers will receive confidential support from staff (limited confidentiality applies regarding child protection issues) with in-depth knowledge on the complexity of abusive relationships. You will be listened to and understood by staff who are non-judgmental and non directive.
We have experienced, qualified Childcare workers who provide a safe playroom environment where children are supported and encouraged to express their feelings.
Aoibhneas provides women and children experiencing psychological, physical,sexual and/or financial abuse a comprehensive service provision by offering access to the following services:
Provision of 10 self contained units for 10 families. Facilities include communal kitchen, dining area, sitting room, laundry facilities, courtyard and children’s play area. Women and children can access refuge accommodation on a 24 hour, 365 days per year basis.
Access to a 24 hour confidential helpline service to women and agencies/ family/ friends ringing on behalf of women who are looking for information about aspects of their current situation.
This service offers a safe confidential space for women to talk and work through their difficulties with trained staff who will provide:
Provision of a community based service that enables women experiencing domestic violence to access the necessary supports required to remain safely in their own homes and to provide post-refuge support to women and children who return home or relocate elsewhere. This service offers support in the following areas:
Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge recognises the need to work towards social and community change.
Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge provide specialist training to statutory groups, non-statutory groups, family resource centres, women’s groups and specialist domestic violence services responding to domestic violence.
Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge have designed a positive relationships programme, which is delivered to Secondary Schools and Youthreach.
All training provided by Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge is tailored to meet the identified needs of those requesting the training.
Some topics/areas covered are: