services

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Refuge

Accommodation.

We have provision of 10 self-contained units for 10 families. 2 of the 10 units has a capacity for a woman and up to 6 children; the remaining 8 units have a capacity for a woman and up to 3 children. The refuge offers facilities such as a communal kitchen, dining area, sitting room, laundry facilities, courtyard and outdoor children’s play area. Women and children can access refuge accommodation on a 24 hour, 365 days per year basis. Some services offered during a woman’s stay in refuge include:

  • 1-2-1 and group psycho-educational work
  • Infant massage
  • Breakfast club
  • Legal Advice Clinic
  • CDETB evening classes
  • CDETB homework (family learning) club
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24 Hour

Helpline.

Aoibhneas operates a 24 hour confidential helpline service to women and external agencies, families/friends ring on behalf of women who looking for information and advice about their situation/experiences of domestic abuse. The 24 hour helpline service offers:

  • Practical and emotional support to women who have or are experiencing physical, emotional, sexual and/ or financial abuse.
  • Advice and assistance on legal, housing, social welfare, rights and entitlements, budgeting.
  • Information, advocacy and referral to appropriate services.
  • Referral to refuge.
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Drop-in

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Wanting to change or leave a violent and uncertain situation can be a very hard decision for a person to make; not knowing what options are available to you, worrying about your future and doubting that your experiences of abuse in the home, that you don’t deserve support/help. The drop-in service offers a safe, confidential space for women to come to the refuge to talk and work through their difficulties with trained staff. This service offers:

  • Practical and emotional support to women who have or are experiencing physical, emotional, sexual and/ or financial abuse.
  • Advice and assistance on legal, housing, social welfare, rights and entitlements, budgeting.
  • Information, advocacy and referral to appropriate services.
  • Referral to court accompaniment and preparation service.
  • Referral to refuge.
  • Referral to outreach.
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Outreach

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The outreach service offers a community based support that enables women experiencing domestic abuse to access the necessary supports required to remain safely in their own home. The outreach service also offers a continued service to women post-refuge who return home or relocate elsewhere. Aoibhneas outreach service spans across all of North Dublin; from inner city to north county Dublin. This service offers:

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  • Practical and emotional support to women who have or are experiencing physical, emotional, sexual and/ or financial abuse.
  • Advice and assistance on legal, housing, social welfare, rights and entitlements, budgeting.
  • Freedom programme.
  • Aftercare programme.
  • Alternative therapies.
  • Play-therapy.
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Court Accompaniment and

preperation service

The legal system and court process can be a daunting prospect for anyone. Knowing your rights and entitlements, as well as understanding how the system works and what you can expect when you go before the courts goes a long way to supporting women in obtaining relevant legal orders to increase their safety. The provision of the Court Accompaniment and Preparation Service offers support in the following areas:

  • Advice on legal orders, court process, court application process.
  • Court Accompaniment- (application/ court hearing) in District, Circuit and High Court.
  • Court Preparation- assistance formulating, preparing and delivering case.
  • Assistance in legal aid application and gathering necessary and applicable documents.
  • Information and Referral to Outreach, Refuge, Drop in Service.
  • Linkage/ Advocacy with Gardaí, Solicitors, Barristers, social workers and legal personnel.
  • Post Court Support/Debrief.