In 2020We delivered some key achievements, which include maintaining service provision, thereby directly supporting 1,111 women and children, this included the delivery of 36,819 interventions to women and 3,999 interventions to children. Further to that we supported 9,065 callers through our 24-hour Helpline
" COVID-19 has necessitated changes in the way we engage family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, this in turn has exacerbated a feeling of isolation and disconnection for victims of coercive control and domestic abuse. We have been responding to escalating forms of abuse, due to a victim’s fear that by stepping outside their home they are exposed to a double risk - the risk of contracting COVID-19 and the risk their experiences of abuse will escalate by leaving the relationship or indeed the home.
We are pleased to offer increased accessibility and visibility to victims and survivors of domestic abuse by launching our 24-hour freephone helpline. Our ability to prioritise access to a freephone helpline in addition to enhanced visibility from our new community centres in Swords and Smithfield I hope will reassure women and children to come forward. "
Emma Reidy, CEO
Aoibhneas has seen a sharp rise in calls to its helpline. From March when the lockdown started to the end of August we saw an average increase of 125% to calls to our Helpline.
The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by many, in Ireland and across the globe. In battling the virus, global restrictions have not only led to significant socio-economic issues, they have also highlighted ongoing inequalities in our communities. Undoubtedly, you will have seen the many news reports that documented the substantial increase in domestic abuse perpetrated against women throughout the lockdown. Home, which should have been a place of safety during COVID-19.
We know for a lot of women leaving their home and coming to refuge is the last resort especially when it comes to leaving your home with your children in tow. We often get asked what our accommodation looks like as it conjures various things to people.
It is important we offer families the best possible standards and this remains our priority in this pandemic.
Aoibhneas has a range of measures in place to provide support to families residing with us and accessing support from us during Covid-19. If you would like to see more about why not take a tour!The tour
Does someone you know put you down or make you feel bad about yourself? Frighten you by what they say or do? Hit, kick or push you? Force you to have unwanted sexual contact? Control who you can and cannot see? Make you feel unsafe?
Aoibhneas provides a 24 hour support, information and referral service aswell as access to safe accommodation for women and children forced to leave their home due to domestic abuse. Speak to us nowCall now
"The staff are amazing. I can’t begin to mention names but I would like to make special mention of my keyworker, she is amazing and I don’t know what I would have done without her."
"The staff are really lovely, I wasn’t really expecting the refuge to be so welcoming and clean and really work. Thank you all for everything."
"A really good experience, I didn’t know what to expect and was scared and emotional. Staff are amazing. Lifesaver for me."
"I think there are a lot of women suffering domestic violence but few know about a place like this."