Women’s Aid is the lead voluntary organisation in Northern Ireland addressing domestic and sexual violence and providing services for women and children.
The Women’s Aid movement in Northern Ireland began in 1975 and is made up of nine local Women’s Aid groups and Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland.
Each Women’s Aid group offers a range of specialist services to women, children and young people who have experienced domestic violence. They are all members of Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland.
Our vision for the 21st century is the elimination of domestic violence.
Women’s Aid exists to challenge attitudes and beliefs which perpetuate domestic violence. We seek through our work to promote healthy and non abusive relationships.
Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland strives to welcome and support all women, children and young people, including those with disabilities and those without, women from minority communities, different cultures, races, languages and sexual orientations and from a wide age range.
Core work of Women’s Aid
The core work of Women’s Aid in Northern Ireland, including Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland and the local Women’s Aid groups is to:
- provide refuge accommodation to women and their children suffering mental, physical or sexual abuse within the home
- run the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline
- provide a range of support services to enable women who are leaving a violent situation to rebuild their lives and the lives of their children
- provide a range of support services to children and young people who have experienced domestic violence
- run preventative education programmes in schools and other settings.
- educate and inform the public, media, police, courts, social services and other agencies of the impact and effects of domestic violence
- advise and support agencies in the development of domestic violence policies, protocols and service delivery, and
- work in partnership with relevant agencies to ensure a joined up response to domestic violence.