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 abuse 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 Abuse support services in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

SAVE pocket guide online

Please note that the FREEDA Service closed down at the end of October 2018!

The following services are available in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county:

Women's Aid Outreach (in Citizen Information Centre Dun Laoghaire)

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 24 hours)

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 - 12.30pm and 2pm-4:30pm or call the above helpline.

For more information log into

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 for Bray and County Wicklow: Call 086 0597560 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.


Sonas is a provider of frontline services to women and children experiencing domestic abuse in the greater Dublin region.
Emergency help number: 1800 222 223 or 01 866 2015

They support women and children experiencing domestic abuse by providing the following services:

Safe Home 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 087 7422897 for inquiries and applications.

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

For information please call 087 952 5217. More information is available on SONAS website.

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 01 216 4511

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

Call 1800 235 235

Domestic Abuse and Disability

Information for disabled women experiencing domestic violence is available in the Survivor’s Handbook of Women’s Aid in the UK.
please look up 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 Rape 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: 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2

Phone: 01 836 0292

For more information look up

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 abuse and trafficking
click on 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 077430


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

Information on Family Law and Court procedure: and Women's Aid

Interagency approach for professionals and organisations in DLR:
SAVE – Southside Addressing Violence Effectively

SAVE is a dynamic Inter-Agency Group addressing the issue of domestic abuse 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
or mailto: