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The Women’s Aid movement in Northern Ireland began in 1975 and is made up of eight local Women’s Aid groups and Women’s Aid Federation.  Each Women’s Aid group offers a range of specialist services to women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. They are all members of Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland.

Our mission

Women’s Aid exists to challenge attitudes and beliefs which perpetuate domestic abuse. We seek through our work to promote healthy, non-abusive relationships.

Our core aims

We will work collectively across Northern Ireland to:

  • consult with women and children continuously, to give them a voice and ensure they inform all aspects of service development and delivery.
  • provide trauma informed support services to enable women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse to rebuild their lives.
  • deliver preventative education programmes in schools and community settings to promote healthy non-abusive relationships and share key safeguarding messages.
  • educate and inform the public, media, police, courts, social services and other agencies of the context and impact of domestic abuse.
  • provide quality assured training programmes to a wide range of professionals, to increase capacity of agencies to respond to domestic abuse.
  • monitor, influence and respond to government policy and legislation as a Subject Matter Expert, giving a voice to lived experience.
  • work in partnership, sharing our expertise with all relevant agencies to ensure a joined-up response to domestic abuse.
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