Local Support Services in Louth

Drogheda Women and Children's Refuge

Helpline : 041 984 4550

Opening Hours

24 hour service, open 365 days

Contact Details

Tel: 041 9844550
Fax: 041 9801548
Email: carrie@droghedarefuge.org
Website: http://www.droghedarefuge.org

Main Services

Safe accommodation - we have six family units for women with children and five single units for women without children.

Support and information on issues associated with domestic abuse and homelessness:

  • 24 Hour Helpline offering information and emotional support re. Legal Options around Domestic Abuse; Custody & Maintenance; Homelessness; Social Welfare and Finance; Social Services; Safety Planning and The Effects of Domestic Abuse on Children.
  • Support Visits – callers can come to the refuge to talk to a trained member of staff about their own situation in complete privacy
  • Counselling is available with our qualified Psychotherapist
  • Referral Service to relevant organisations e.g. Gardai; Court Clerk; Medical Services; Social Welfare; Community Welfare Officer; MABs (Money Advice and Budgeting Services); St. Vincent de Paul; Social Services; Children’s Services etc.
  • Advocacy Work
  • Referral routes for children who have experienced Domestic Abuse, or who have additional needs.
  • Court and General Accompaniment
  • Aftercare Support

We have a range of Education and Prevention Programmes delivered by our Training and Education Officer to primary and secondary schools; colleges; Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital; H.S.E. Trainers and Social Workers and Community Groups, including:

  • Delivery of Prevention of Abusive Relationships and Self Esteem Programmes to local primary and secondary schools.
  • Third Level Education Training in:
  • Recognising and Responding to Domestic Abuse in a Community Based Setting to Social Care Students in D.K.I.T.
  • Recognising and Responding to Domestic Abuse in a Hospital Based Setting to Midwifery Students in D.K.I.T..
  • The Information and Awareness Module is delivered to Health Promotion students in D.K.I.T. and to the Social Care Students and the Pre-Nursing Students in D.I.F.E. College.

We deliver a range of training programmes in the Community:

  • Training in Recognising Domestic Abuse in a Hospital Setting is delivered in the Lourdes Hospital to Obstetric Consultants; Pediatric Consultants; Maternity Ward Managers; Clinical Nurse Managers and the Medical Social Workers.
  • Joint delivery with the H.S.E. of Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence Policy Definition and Forms of Abuse Training
  • Weekly Support Group, coordinated by our Support Group Facilitator, for women who have experienced or are currently living with Domestic Abuse

The North East Domestic Violence Intervention Programme – where we work with women whose partners are the perpetrators involved in the programme.

Outreach Support including our monthly Information Clinic at the Health Promotion Unit in The Lourdes Hospital; Home Visits; Awareness Days

Support with Life Skills and Budgeting Programmes

Butterfly Boutique Charity Shop

All Refuge Services excluding accommodation are available free of charge.

Women's Aid Dundalk

Helpline : 042 933 3244 (Helpline) 042 933 7202 (Refuge)

Opening Hours

24 hour service, open 365 days

Contact Details

Tel: 042 9333245
Fax: 042 9328663
Email: womensaiddlk@eircom.net
Website: http://www.womensaiddundalk.org

Main Services

  • Emergency Accommodation
  • Transitional Housing
  • Support & Information
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Children's Services
  • Outreach
  • Aftercare
  • Telephone Helpline