Violence Against Women

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights.

Violence against women has many faces. Domestic violence refers to the use of physical, emotional or psychological abuse that takes place in close adult relationships. Any form of violence (including sexual violence) perpetrated by a spouse, partner, son, daughter or any other person who has a close or blood relationship with the victim is defined as domestic violence. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, and it cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the workplace, in farm fields, refugee camps, during conflicts and crises.

If you are, or think you may be in an abusive relationship, you can contact one of the following services!

In a case of an emergency please call the Gardai on 999 or 112.

Domestic Violence support services in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

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Freeda – Domestic Abuse Outreach Service in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

Freeda logo 72 dpiFreeda (Free from Domestic Abuse) is a new free and confidential outreach service available to women experiencing domestic abuse living in the county.
The trained and experienced support worker will meet you by appointment wherever it suits you. At the meeting you can talk about your situation, get emotional support, get information and discuss options. The support worker will always be focused on your safety and well being. If you are not sure what you want to do, the worker will not put pressure on you to make a decision.
The support worker will also do court accompaniment.

To avail of this specialised service please call 087 918 5842.

The service is by appointment only from Monday – Wednesday from 9.30am – 4.30pm

This service is funded through the Southside Partnership, supported by SAVE (Southside Addressing Violence Effectively) and women4women network dlr. It is complementing  the countywide Women’s Programme. Women will also be supported by the outreach worker to access education, training and counselling or/and engage in social and cultural activities.

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Women’s Aid Outreach (in Citizen Information Centre)

Women’s Aid has an information and support service including court accompaniment in Dun Laoghaire also accessible for women with disability.

Where: Citizen Information Centre, Marina House, Clarence Street, Dun Laoghaire
Call the free phone helpline 1800 341 900 for appointments (open 10am-10pm)

Women’s Aid also has information available in different languages.
Women’s Aid  Court Support & Referral Service in Dolphin House: drop in 4th floor from 9.30am – 1.30pm or call the above helpline

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 Information for young women on DATING ABUSE

Bray Women’s Refuge Outreach (in Citizens Information Centre)

Bray Women’s Refuge Outreach is offering free confidential information and support (also court accompaniment) by appointment.

Outreach Service

Where: Bray and  county Wicklow

Call 086 8036595 for an appointment.

You can also call the 24-hour Helpline 01 286 6163.

The Bray Women’s Refuge is providing a safe and secure emergency accommodation for women and their children experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Please ring the 24 hour Helpline.

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Sonas is a provider of frontline services to women and children experiencing domestic abuse in the greater Dublin region. They support women and children experiencing domestic abuse by providing the following services:

Safe Home Pilot Project for Women and Children

The aim of this new service is to provide safe and secure crisis residential accommodation for women and children in the
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area, who have had to leave home due to domestic violence. The service provides respite and/or a safe space to explore alternative accommodation options.

Please call 01 204 7063 for inquiries  and applications or
087 6444241

Specialist Visiting Support Service

Sonas Visiting Support Service is a specialist, one-to-one domestic violence housing support service for women affected by domestic violence, delivered in the greater Dublin ares. It provides

  • Services for women affected by domestic violence who may require support with both domestic violence and housing related issues
  • short-term crisis intervention work around domestic violence to women in response to a request from a housing support provider

For more information please call 087 9525217

Sonas Transitional Housing

Sonas has 7 housing complex and also one in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown as transitional housing unit.

For more information please look up
or contact 01 872 0068

If you have questions around housing please call Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Housing Unit phone 01 2054828


HSE Elderly Abuse Service

What is Elder Abuse? Elder Abuse is defined as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person or violates their human civil rights”.

See more information on the HSE website

The HSE has a dedicated service to help older people who have been abused.  There are two dedicated Senior Case Worker  in Dun Laoghaire and Dundrum/Ballaly. Please call the HSE Information Line  1850 24 1850  for an appointment.

HSE National Counselling Service for adults who have experienced abuse in childhood

HSE Dublin Mid Leinster (South Dublin, East Wicklow)
1800 234 111

Domestic violence and disability

Information for disabled women experiencing domestic violence is available in the Survivor’s Handbook of Women’s Aid in the UK.
Women’s Aid UK


Services in the wider Dublin area


Bray Women’s Refuge – 24 hour helpline – 01 286 6163

Rathmines Women’s Refuge – 24 hour helpline – 01 496 1002

Saoirse Women’s Refuge – 24 hour helpline – 01 463 0000

VIVA House Refuge in Blanchardstown – 24 hour helpline – 01 866 2015


Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

The Dublin Rap Crisis Centre provides  counselling for victims of sexual violence and childhood abuse, accompaniment to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit, court accompaniment and free legal services.

Where: 70 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

Call the National 24 hour free helpline 1800 77 88 88

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Supports women affected by prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation. Offers crisis intervention & psychological support, education & Training.

Where: Senior House, All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Phone: 01 836 0292

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Immigrant Council of Ireland

Information on ‘Independent Immigration status for non-EEA nationals experiencing domestic violence’ and also if you are a migrant victim of domestic violence and trafficking
click Immigrant Council of Ireland or call 01 674 0200

Other Services:

Family Law Advice Clinics (Dun Laoghaire and Dundrum)

Dun Laoghaire

Where: in the Citizens Information Centre in Dun Laoghaire, Marina House, Clarence Street
When: every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, from 7.30 – 8.30pm
For an appointment please ring phone 0761 077400


Where: CIC in Dundrum, Dundrum CIC, Unit 2, 5th Level, Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum
When: every 1st Friday, 2 – 4pm and every 3rd Thursday from 7.30 – 9pm
For an appointment please ring phone 0761 077430

Inform on Family Law and Court procedure: and Women’s Aid


For professionals and organisations in DLR:

SAVE – Southside Addressing Violence Effectively

SAVE is a dynamic Inter-Agency Group addressing the issue of domestic violence against Women & Children in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. Save is also offering free domestic abuse related counselling only by referral from a domestic abuse support service.
For more information see Southside Partnership or contact
SAVE c/o Southside Partnership,
The Old Post Office
Main Street
Co. Dublin
phone 01 7060100
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