Support in the community

Not all women experiencing domestic violence want to come to a refuge. Our Outreach Team can give support and advice while you are still living at home.

Outreach workers will visit you in your own home or in another suitable place in the community. The workers can support you by providing someone to talk to, access to counselling, information about your legal rights, legal protection and safety planning, support at court, access to personal development and educational training, guidance on what other agencies offer, and provide details of an interpreter service.

Older and Younger Women’s Projects

Our Older Women’s and Younger Women’s Projects provide specialised support for women who need it.

One to One Support

Some women prefer to see one of our workers in the Support & Resource Centre in Adelaide Park. Telephone 02890 666049 to make an appointment for a one-to-one session with one of our support workers.

Please note that due to the current situation in Northern Ireland regarding Covid-19 and government guidelines we may only be able to offer one-to-one support via phone or video calls. Please get in touch for more information.

Support Groups and Personal Development Training

Support groups and personal development training provide a time for women to come together to share their experiences of domestic violence and explore new beginnings in a safe and respectful group setting. The groups can provide an opportunity for you to reduce your sense of feeling alone, increase your understanding of your experiences, and help bring about positive changes in your life.

Please note that due to the current situation in Northern Ireland regarding Covid-19 and government guidelines we are currently only able to run certain support groups or personal development training sessions in person. Please still get in touch if you need support as we are still able to offer one-to-one sessions.

Contact the Support and Resource Centre on 028 90 666049 to find out more information about the training.

One-Stop Shop

We hold One-Stop-Shops on a Friday morning in Belfast and Downpatrick to give women access to free, immediate and confidential legal, benefits and housing advice under one roof.

Please note that due to the current situation in Northern Ireland regarding Covid-19 and government guidelines we are currently unable to run our One-Stop-Shops. Please still get in touch if you need support as we are still able to offer one-to-one sessions.

Gateway Support Team

The Belfast and South Eastern Trust work in partnership with Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid to provide a service to support women and children who come to the attention of Social Services and are assessed as lower level domestic abuse. The Project is funded by the Big Lottery Improving Futures Fund.

Role of the Gateway Support Team

The team aims to provide early intervention for women and children (aged 4-11 years) experiencing domestic abuse and violence, using experience and expertise to provide tailored support and safety services in response to risk and need. Workers are also available to other professionals for consultations on other domestic abuse cases.

The Gateway Support Service aims to reduce the threat of abuse and violence, support the family and help protect the well-being of the child to reduce their risk of being harmed and minimise the need for contact with social services in the future.

Contact a worker in your area if you require any further information:

Downpatrick: Rachael Whan 028 4461 3511

Newtownards: Lisa Sloan 028 91 818518

Stewartstown Road: Anne-Marie McStravick 028 90 602705

Belfast: 028 90666049

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