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Refuge Accommodation

We provide safe emergency accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic abuse through provision of 10 self-contained units for 10 families. 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 a year. Within our refuge setting, we provide a number of interventions for women and children. Some services offered during a family’s stay in refuge include:

  • 1-2-1 and group psycho-educational work
  • Infant massage
  • Breakfast club
  • CDETB evening classes- Relaxation, Cooking, Flower Arranging
  • CDETB homework (family learning) club
  • Parenting classes

24 Hour Helpline

We provide access to a 24-hour confidential helpline service for women and for agencies, family or friends ringing on behalf of women, looking for information about aspects of their current situation. The helpline provides:

  • 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.

Drop-in service

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.
  • Court accompaniment and preparation service.
  • Referral to refuge.
  • Post refuge support.
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Outreach and Community Support

In addition to our refuge and helpline, we provide a community-based service that enables women experiencing domestic abuse to access the necessary supports in a range of locations. 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:

  • 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 referrals to appropriate services.
  • Freedom programme.
  • Aftercare programme.
  • Alternative therapies.
  • Play and Art therapy.
  • Court accompaniment and preparation service.

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Court Preparation and Accompaniment 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 in supporting women obtaining relevant legal orders to increase their safety. We provide a Court Preparation and Accompaniment Service for women, which offers support in the following areas:

  • Advice on legal orders, court process and 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 and drop-in service.
  • Linkage/Advocacy with Gardaí, solicitors, barristers, social workers and legal personnel.
  • Post court support/debrief.

Training and Networking

Aoibhneas recognises that in order to reduce the number of people by domestic abuse, we must work towards community and societal change. Aoibhneas provides specialist training to statutory groups, non-statutory groups, family resource centres, women’s groups and specialist domestic violence services responding to domestic violence. We have designed a positive relationships programme, which is delivered to Secondary Schools and Youthreach.

All training provided by Aoibhneas is tailored to meet the identified needs of those requesting the training. Our prevention work involves awareness raising, building relationships, promoting understanding of domestic abuse, the need for zero tolerance and working together.