Current Strategic Plan and Principles


Women's Aid has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974.  We do this by:

  • Making women and children safer
  • Supporting women
  • Working for justice and social change
  • Providing hope

Women's Aid aims to:

  • Provide a range of high quality, specialised, integrated, domestic violence services that empower women and maximise their own and their children's safety.
  • Use our expertise and experience to promote the protection and welfare of children and teenagers living with or at risk of domestic violence.
  • To be a centre of excellence for Training and Development of professional and organisational responses to women and children experiencing domestic violence
  • To bring the concerns, experiences and needs of women and children experiencing domestic violence and of the organisations that support them to legislation and policy making fora
  • To strategically communicate the reality of domestic violence, its costs to women, children and the community and the need and opportunities for change
  • To be an informed organisation responsive to the needs and interests of women and children experiencing domestic violence and those who work to stop domestic violence.

Our Direct Services to women underpin and inform all of our work to stop domestic violence.

Download the Women's Aid Strategic Plan Summary.

 Women's Aid operates from and is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Complete confidentiality.1
  • Maximising women's safety at all times.
  • Understanding the trauma of violence and supporting women's increasing autonomy while recognising the woman as expert in her own situation.
  • Being informed and knowledgeable about the rights, entitlements and options for women and ensuring referral is appropriate and responsible.
  • Advocating for women's rights.
  • Addressing additional barriers and discriminations that women experience.
  • Being committed to ensuring justice for the victim and accountability and sanctions against violent men.
  • Recognising the best form of child protection in domestic violence situations is woman protection.
  • Supporting women to move from crisis to safety and independence.
  • Ongoing commitment to action for political and institutional change.
  • Encompassing key feminist principles within the philosophy and ethos of the organisation.

1 Women's Aid has a policy in line with the Children First Guidelines which callers and clients are made aware of if disclosing child abuse.

Download our Model of Work - Vision Action Change.