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about Aoibhneas

Where it began

In 1987 a local group in Ballymun taking part in a Leadership and Development course applied to Dublin Corporation for a 3 bedroom flat to respond to the needs of women and children fleeing Domestic Violence. In January 1988, the Ballymun Women’s Refuge Group were allocated a flat on the Sillogue Road, Ballymun. By June 1988 Aoibhneas was established and started employing people through the Social Employment Scheme. On the 21st August 1988 we accommodated our first client from our flat on Sillogue Road. The Refuge provided women and children with crisis counselling, support, legal information, emergency overnight accommodation and referral to other agencies.


Aobihneas today...

What started out as a refuge 30 years ago has grown expediently to best meet women and children through each stage of the cycle of domestic abuse. This includes access to not just a choice of service supports but a wraparound delivery that takes a family from crisis to recovery. Today, Aoibhneas has grown from strength to strength. Our 10-unit refuge underwent a refurbishment in 2014 and remains in operation in Dublin 17. In 2019 alone, Aoibhneas supported 1,226 women and children through access to refuge, drop- in, court accompaniment and outreach/ community. Further to this we received a further 8,181 calls to our 24/7 Helpline service.


Our mission

We at Aoibhneas aim to empower each person to live in freedom and safety from domestic abuse through a healing process that nurtures and enables positive growth and societal change.

Our values

One Family One Team Dignity Respect Compassion Empathy
Inclusion Trust Unity and Partnership
Co-operational service excellence Efficiency Innovation Value for money Embrace and Drive Change
Pursue Growth and Learning
Build Open and Honest Relationships with Communication