services

aoibhneas team

Social Care Workers

Trained staff adopt an empowering self-help and mutual aid approach when supporting Refuge resident's around their emotional and practical support needs. This enables the woman to make a decision that feels right for her within her situation. This support is available for residents to access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Practical Help

Practical help and information on legal, financial and housing issues. Staff will assist you in creating your own personal safety plan in the event you have to leave your home.

Emotional Support

Emotional support is a basic necessity when someone finds themselves in a crisis. Resident’s or helpline callers will receive confidential support from staff (limited confidentiality applies regarding child protection issues) with in-depth knowledge on the complexity of abusive relationships. You will be listened to and understood by staff who are non-judgmental and non directive.

Childcare Support Service

We have experienced, qualified Childcare workers who provide a safe playroom environment where children are supported and encouraged to express their feelings.

Aoibhneas provides women and children experiencing psychological, physical,sexual and/or financial abuse a comprehensive service provision by offering access to the following services:

services provided

Refuge Accommodation

Provision of 10 self contained units for 10 families. Facilities include communal kitchen, dining area, sitting room, laundry facilities, courtyard and children’s play area. Women and children can access refuge accommodation on a 24 hour, 365 days per year basis.

24 Hour Helpline

Access to a 24 hour confidential helpline service to women and agencies/ family/ friends ringing on behalf of women who are looking for information about aspects of their current situation.

  • 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

This service offers a safe confidential space for women to talk and work through their difficulties with trained staff who will provide:

  • 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.

Outreach Service

Provision of a community based service that enables women experiencing domestic violence to access the necessary supports required to remain safely in their own homes and to provide post-refuge support to women and children who return home or relocate elsewhere. This service offers support in the following areas:

  • 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.
  • Court accompaniment and preparation service.

training

Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge recognises the need to work towards social and community change.

Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge provide specialist training to statutory groups, non-statutory groups, family resource centres, women’s groups and specialist domestic violence services responding to domestic violence.

Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge have designed a positive relationships programme, which is delivered to Secondary Schools and Youthreach.

All training provided by Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge is tailored to meet the identified needs of those requesting the training.

Some topics/areas covered are:

Professional Front Line Services & Third Level Colleges
  • Crisis intervention
  • Understanding the dynamics of Domestic Violence and screening for same.
  • Good practice
  • Impact on women
  • Impact on children
Positive Relationship Programme for Schools, Adolescents, Teenagers & Young Adults
  • Age Appropriate discussion on Domestic Violence
  • Group Work: on what boys / girls want from a relationship
  • Group Work: on healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Group Work: What makes you angry? How do you react if you are angry? Can you control your anger?
Clubs, Groups and Interested Bodies (Adults)
  • Understanding the dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • Legal Options
  • Safety plans
Some of the services we provided Training and Workshops to in 2012 include:
  • Colaiste Dhulaigh
  • Springboard
  • Wellmount Health Clinic
  • Dublin Simon Community
  • Coolock Library
  • Mental Health Social Work Forum
  • Star Project, Ballymun
  • Justice Group

Please email outreach@aoibhneas.org or phone at (01) 8670805 to make enquires or a booking.