WOMEN’S AID HAS been working to address the issue of domestic violence in Ireland for more than 30 years. Women’s Aid is a national voluntary organisation which provides support and information to women and their children who are being physically, emotionally, financially and sexually abused in their own homes.
We provide direct services to women experiencing domestic violence through our National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900, which responds to over 11,000 calls annually, and our one to one and court accompaniment service.
Currently, Women’s Aid also:
- Trains 1,200 students each year at the GardaTraining College.
- Provides specialised training to assist a wide range of agencies in providing appropriate services to women experiencing domestic violence including: nurses, social workers, doctors, mental health workers, family support workers, community care workers, and mixed professionals working with adults and children out of home.
- Works in conjunction with three Dublin refuges through the Women’s Aid Arts Programme to provide creative self-development for women and children in refuge.
- Is Specialist Support Agency on Violence against Women to Community Development Projects and Family Resource Centres nationwide, providing training and information to over 300 community groups.
- Is represented at policy level in both national and local fora such as the National Steering Committee (NSC) on Violence against Women, the Legal Issues and the Public Awareness Sub-committees of the NSC, the Irish Observatory on Violence against Women, the Women’s Human Rights Alliance, the Legal Aid Board External Consultative Panel and the Courts Service Users Panel.
- Works to raise awareness of the complexity and devastating consequences of domestic violence through a variety of means from media activity, provision of information, collation of statistics, and campaigns such as the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women.
- Conducts research in the area of domestic violence and seeks to influence legislative change to improve state responses to women experiencing domestic violence.
47 Old Cabra Road
National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900