5 April 2019 marks our 30th anniversary with the launch of our new brand and one day census.
Aoibhneas was established 30 years ago in a three bedroom flat in Ballymun now runs the largest refuge in the Dublin area, providing crisis accommodation to 10 families at any one time in a purpose-built facility in Coolock. As well as refuge provision, Aoibhneas now operates a 24-hour helpline and a range of community-based supports, including; education and training, an outreach service, an accompaniment service, a drop-in service, a childcare service and a post refuge support service.
The launch of the new brand reflects the transformation that the organisation has undergone over the last number of years into a service that meets the needs of both refuge users and wider communities affected by domestic abuse.
The organisation’s one day census was conducted from 9am on 24th January 2019 to 9am on 25th January 2019 to highlight the extent of service provision provided by Aoibhneas. In just 24 hours, 76 women accessed direct support through refuge (9), outreach service (55) and helpline (12). In the same timeframe, 100 children received a direct or indirect support through refuge (19), outreach service (80) and helpline (1). Despite receiving 3 crisis referrals from women seeking refuge we were in a position to accommodate only one family. As a result of which at 12.30am a woman and child were admitted to refuge. We also welcomed 6 children into refuge, these children were reunited with their mother who was already resident in our service.
Ellen Coyne, Journalist
Cristina Santamaria, Chairperson
Emma Reidy, Manager
Niamh Bookle, Service User
Joan Mullan, National Manager for DSGBV Services- Tusla
Declan Daly, Detective Chief Superintendent- Garda National Protective Services Bureau