Where it began
Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge was established in 1988 in response to the needs of women and children suffering domestic violence in their home – this need was identified following a research project in 1986 by a local group in Ballymun part-taking in a FÁS Community Development and Leadership Course. In 1987 this same group applied to Dublin Corporation for a 3 bedroom flat as an overnight crisis centre to respond to the needs of women and children fleeing Domestic Violence. In January 1988, the Ballymun Women’s Refuge Group were allocated a flat on the Sillogue Road, Ballymun – by June 1988 they employed workers through the Social Employment Scheme who were given 6 weeks training in basic counselling skills. On the 21st August 1988, the service had the first woman stay overnight.
The Refuge provided crisis counselling, support, legal information, emergency overnight accommodation and referral to other agencies.