Women's Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974.
They work to make women and children safe from domestic violence, offer support, provide hope to women affected by abuse and work for justice and social change. Over the course of almost 40 years the organisation has built up a huge body of experience and expertise on the issue, enabling us to best support women and children and share this knowledge with other agencies responding to women experiencing domestic violence.
Its Direct Services for women experiencing domestic violence underpin and inform all of their work to end domestic violence.
Direct Services for Women
The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) operates from 10am to 10pm, every day of the year (except Christmas day), and provides support and information to callers experiencing abuse from intimate partners.
The Women's Aid Helpline is the only free, national, domestic violence helpline with specialised trained staff, full membership of the Helplines Association and with a Telephone Interpretation Service facility covering 170 languages for callers needing interpreting services.
Women's Aid also offers a Dublin-based One to One Support Service. Their Support Services Team provide more in-depth one to one information and support, Monday to Friday, in six locations throughout Dublin and its surrounding areas including:
• Dublin City Centre - North and South sides
• Dun Laoghaire
Other meeting points for Support Meetings include hospitals, or other locations chosen by women for safety reasons. Referrals to our Support Services come via the National Freephone Helpline, as well as from a range of other services such as An Garda Síochána, GPs, social workers and hospital staff.
The Support Services Team also offer a Court Accompaniment Service, which provides advocacy and support specific to the particular needs of women seeking legal redress regarding violence by a current or former husband or partner.
Women's Aid operates the Dolphin House Support and Referral Service, in partnership with the Dublin 12 Domestic Violence Service and Inchicore Outreach Centre in the Dublin District Family Law Court in Dolphin House.
Women's Aid also refers women to local domestic violence refuges and support services around the country.