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Support for Women Experiencing Violence


Support for Women Experiencing Domestic Violence

For women and girls feeling worried about their safety at home there are a number of supports available. 

If you feel in immediate danger please contact the Gardaí or call 999 or 112. 

An Garda Siochana  will offer women the information, support and protection they need.  

If you're worried someone might see you have been on this page, you can cover your tracks. Read advice from Woman's Aid about covering your tracks online. 


Barring, Protection or Safety Orders 

The District Court provides Barring, Protection or Safety Orders for those who need them. Find more information on how to seek an order here.  


Reliable supports for women experiencing domestic violence during illness

If your home isn't safe support is Still Here visit https://www.stillhere.ie 


Women’s Aid

Providing free and confidential support to women experiencing domestic violence, family and friends and professionals supporting victims of abuse.

Women’s Aid can help you if you are experiencing emotional or physical domestic violence.

National Freephone Helpline, call 24 hours on 1800 341 900.

Text service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing women available daily on 087 959 7980.

National Helpline Instant Messaging Service available on www.womensaid.ie 7 nights a week from 7pm to 10pm. Additional hours during the Covid19 crisis include Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm and Saturday 12pm to 3pm and Sunday 11am – 1pm.  This service is run by a dedicated group of trained volunteers.   

Find more information on supports for domestic abuse, domestic violence orders and refuge spaces on the Women’s Aid website here.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

The National 24-Hour Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline 1800 77 88 88 will remain open for those who need to access crisis counselling and support.

DRCC Webchat is a free and confidential online support service for adults who have been raped, sexually assaulted, sexually harassed or sexually abused at any time in their lives. It is open to people from all over Ireland. Find more information on the webchat here.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre are adjusting how they deliver their services during COVID-19. 

Find out about Dublin Rape Crisis Centre services on their website.

Safe Ireland - National Support services for domestic violence 

There are 38 domestic abuse services including refuge spaces located in towns right across Ireland. Services are free, confidential* and available to all women. You can contact the service that is most convenient for you.  

Find information on domestic abuse services including refuge spaces nationwide on the Safe Ireland website or call Safe Ireland on 0906 479078. 

*All domestic abuse services have policies in-line with the Children First Guidelines. When you make contact with a service you will be made aware of the services policy in the case of disclosures about child abuse. 

Sonas Refuge, Dublin 

Sonas’s Refuge in Dublin is 24/7 crisis refuge for women experiencing domestic abuse. Speak to the refuge team by calling 01 8662015 or emailing refuge@sonasdomesticabuse.ie   

Find more information on urgent access to a refuge here. 

Ruhama - National Support Service for Women in Prostitution

All support services are FREE, confidential and tailored to your individual needs. You do not need a visa or to speak English to access the services. Ruhama are here for any woman who is affected by prostitution at any time in her life. Text 'REACH'  to 50100, call 018360292 or visit https://www.ruhama.ie


Supports in Northern Ireland 

24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline

Call 0808 802 1414

Find more info here 


Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland

Find more info here

Find your local support group 



NEXUS offers counselling to men and women who have experienced Sexual Abuse across NI.

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Victim Support

Victim Support work with all victims of crime across NI.

Find out more here