How Can We Help > Court Accompaniment
Drogheda Women's & Children's Refuge
If you decide to go to court to apply for any type of order, the following may be of help.
- You can contact the Clerk of the court on 0429392350, they can advise you of the next steps to take, if you wish to.
- You can also appoint a solicitor to advise you on all legal matters.Drogheda Solicitors
- Family law applications for e.g. Protection Order, Safety Order, Barring Order, are heard 'in camera' which means in private, no outside parties are allowed in.
- Evidence from previous visits to your Doctor, Hospital, Social Worker, Gardai and Refuge should be gathered to bring to court with you.
- Any previous witnesses to violence or photographs you have, should also be brought with you.
- You must put your safety and that of your children first at all times, if you feel afraid or are threatened the Gardai will bring you and your children to a safe place.
- You do not have to go to court alone, a trained staff member from the refuge can accompany you to court to give moral support. They may also help you understand what has been said in court if you are nervous or upset. This will only happen at your request. Childcare for your children while you attend court may be provided by appointment with the refuge Childcare service.
- Arrangements for safe temporary accommodation for yourself and your children may need to be made, whilst the orders are being carried out. The refuge will try to help you with this.
In all cases of Custody, Maintenance and Property, it is advisable to see a solicitor.
We provide emotional support on the day you attend court, both before and after the court proceedings.
For help and support ring the refuge 041-9844550