Helpline: 041 9844550

Freephone: 1800 929999

Our Services

We provide a safe and caring environment for women and children facing domestic abuse and homelessness.

Our facility offers emergency short-term crisis accommodation tailored to the unique needs of women and children. We have a total of six self-contained units designed to accommodate families, providing a secure and private space for you and your children. In addition, we have five single bedrooms available. Our refuge is equipped with essential amenities to ensure your comfort and well-being, including a playground, playroom, and a communal area for single-room occupants.

You can stay at the Refuge for a duration of up to eight weeks. During your stay, our Support Workers will work with you to guide you through your journey to recovery. Here’s what you can expect:

Personalised Support Plan

Your journey begins with a one-on-one meeting with a Support Worker. Together, you will assess your needs and circumstances. This assessment forms the foundation of your personal support plan that involves:

  1. Risk and Safety Assessment: We will work with you to assess the level of risk you are facing and develop strategies to mitigate it effectively.
  2. Financial and Social Welfare Assistance & Advocacy: Our team is here to help you access financial assistance and social welfare programs that can provide stability during your transition.
  3. Signposting to Other Services: We can connect you with other specialised services and resources that may be beneficial for your situation, such as legal aid, counselling, or housing assistance.
  4. Legal Support: If you need support with your rights and the court system, our staff is available to support you through the process.
  5. Health and Well-being: We offer a range of services and support to address your physical and emotional needs, ensuring you can heal and thrive.

If you have children, we understand the unique challenges you may face. Our childcare support workers are here to assist you in assessing your children’s needs and developing a personalised support plan to ensure their well-being and development during your stay.

Contact the Service at:

Helpline: 041 9844550
Freephone: 1800 929999

At DWCR, we understand that seeking refuge is not the only solution when you or your children are experiencing domestic violence. We offer an Outreach Support Service that will meet with you at a safe place of your choice. We can offer you support around your situation and the steps you can take to keep yourself safe, whether you decide to stay in the relationship or explore other options.
Our Outreach Support Service includes:

  1. General Advice: Our experienced team provides valuable advice tailored to your unique situation. We understand that every circumstance is different, and we are here to listen and guide you.
  2. Signposting to Other Services: We can connect you with other specialised services and resources that may be beneficial for your situation, such as legal aid, counselling, or housing assistance.
  3. Risk and Safety Assessment: We will work with you to assess the level of risk you may be facing and develop strategies to mitigate it effectively.
  4. Safety Planning: Together, we will create a personalized safety plan that takes into account your specific needs and concerns. This plan will empower you to make informed decisions about your future.
    One of our Outreach team members will arrange a confidential one-on-one appointment with you at a location that is safe and convenient for you. Your safety and privacy are of utmost importance to us, and we will ensure that the meeting takes place in a secure environment where you can openly discuss your concerns.

Remember, you don’t have to face domestic violence alone. DWCR is here to support you every step of the way, whether you choose to stay in your relationship or explore other options. Your well-being matters to us, and we are committed to helping you achieve a safer and healthier future.

If you or someone you know is in need of our Outreach Support Service, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at:

Your journey toward safety and healing begins here.

Attending court at any time can be a daunting experience. Whether you’re dealing with legal matters, seeking court orders, or simply facing a complex legal process, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. Our Outreach Workers are here to provide you with the support you need to navigate the court system with confidence.

Support to you includes:

  1. Support Throughout Court Processes: We understand that legal proceedings can be complex and confusing. Our experienced Outreach Worker will provide you with invaluable guidance and information to help you understand each step of the process. Whether you’re filing documents, attending hearings, or preparing for court orders, we’re here to assist you.
  2. Assistance with Court Order Applications: Applying for court orders can be a challenging task, often involving intricate paperwork and legal terminology. Our team can help you complete the necessary applications accurately and efficiently.
  3. Accompaniment to Court Sessions: Our Outreach Worker can accompany you to court, offering moral support and ensuring you feel more at ease during this crucial part of your journey.

Contact the Service at:

We understand the importance of therapeutic and emotional support during your journey to safety and independence. Our Counselling Service offers six low-cost one-on-one sessions with a qualified therapist in a safe and supportive environment.

Call us at:

Helpline: 041 9844550
Freephone No: 1800 929999

We understand that children and young people also face their own set of challenges, which is why we offer 1:1 therapeutic support sessions through our Childhood Support Service. Our goal is to provide a nurturing and understanding environment where children and young people can express themselves and receive the necessary support.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you or your child thrive. (Link to Supports for Children and young people)

We are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and mothers affected by domestic abuse. We understand the unique challenges faced by families in such situations, and our comprehensive childcare services are designed to offer support, care, and healing.

Our childhood support service offers a range of support options to ensure the well-being and development of your children:

  1. Morning Preschool Sessions: We provide engaging and educational morning preschool sessions to help your child develop essential skills while enjoying a fun and supportive atmosphere.
  2. Drop-in Sessions: Our drop-in sessions offer a flexible and welcoming space for children to socialize, play, and interact with peers under the supervision of our caring staff.
  3. Specialised Domestic Violence Work: We offer both one-on-one and group programs specifically tailored to help children address the effects of domestic violence and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
  4. 1:1 Therapeutic Sessions: Our qualified therapists are available for one-on-one therapeutic sessions, including play therapy, to help children process their emotions and experiences in a safe and confidential setting.
  5. Homework & Afterschool Activities: We provide support for homework and offer a variety of enriching afterschool activities to keep children engaged and stimulated.
  6. Supports for Mums: We offer assistance to mothers to ensure they can access appointments at the services and support they need while in refuge.
  7. Referral Pathways: We can connect children with external services when necessary, ensuring they receive comprehensive care and support.

We are committed to breaking the cycle of domestic abuse and providing children with the tools they need to thrive despite the challenges they may face. Our trained team is here to support your family on the path to healing and recovery.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about how our childhood support service can benefit your family and provide the support you need during this challenging time.

Contact a member of the Children’s services team on 041 9844998 or email

We believe that education and awareness play a crucial role in creating positive societal change and attitudes towards domestic abuse.  We provide specialist training and awareness programmes to community organisations and groups, schools, statutory agencies and workplaces in the community. Our programmes and workshops are tailored to your specific needs and goals.

For information on general training programmes and awareness raising workshops contact

The CourAGEus project is a dynamic initiative dedicated to working with young people both within schools and the broader communities in Drogheda and beyond.  Our primary aim id to ignite change by shifting attidudes and empowereing young people to address domestic and sexual violence within their peer groups.

The project provides support to young people through the delivery of a series of interactive workshops to help improve their understanding of domestic and sexual violence, to improve their emotional well-being and empower them to influence peers on the issue.

We firmly believe that knowledge is power, and through education, awareness, and open dialogue, we can make a difference. The CourAGEus Project provides crucial support to young people through a series of interactive workshops that are thoughtfully designed to enhance their understanding of domestic and sexual violence. Moreover, we aim to bolster emotional well-being and equip young individuals with the tools to influence their peers on this critical issue.

The workshops are designed to address key aspects of domestic and sexual violence promoting empathy, awareness, and proactive action among participants.

  • Understanding the root causes and impact
  • Recognising red flags
  • Laws and accountability
  • Building self-esteem and positive relationships
  • Seeking Support for myself or a friend

Together we can make a change.  For enquiries, workshop scheduling, or partnership opportunities please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Let’s be courAGEus ether and make a meaningful impact.

Empowering Recovery Through Therapeutic Support Programs

Our staff team are trained and committed to providing therapeutic support programs that are tailored to meet the unique needs of women and children who access our services. Our mission is to facilitate healing, empowerment, and a brighter future for those affected by domestic violence.

Here are some of the key programs we offer:

The Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme is a comprehensive 12-week support program specifically designed for women who are experiencing domestic violence. In this program, participants will:

  • Gain Insight: Learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships, helping participants recognise the difference.
  • Understand Abusive Tactics: Explore the tactics commonly used in abusive relationships and how to identify them.
  • Early Warning Signs: Discover the early warning signs of abuse and how to respond to them.
  • Impact on Children: Understand the profound impact domestic abuse can have on children and strategies to mitigate it.

The overarching goal of The Freedom Programme is to empower victims and survivors by helping them make sense of their experiences and regain control over their lives. Removing abuse from their lives leads to significant improvements in their overall well-being.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP®)

WRAP® is a personalized wellness and recovery system rooted in the principle of self-determination. Our staff is trained to guide you through the WRAP® process, which can have a profound impact on your journey toward mental and emotional well-being. Through WRAP®, you can:

  • Decrease and Prevent Troubling Feelings: Gain tools and strategies to manage intrusive or troubling emotions and behaviours.
  • Increase Personal Empowerment: Take control of your wellness journey and build a sense of personal agency.
  • Improve Quality of Life: Achieve an improved quality of life by addressing and managing challenges effectively.
  • Pursue Life Goals and Dreams: Create a roadmap for achieving your life goals and aspirations.

With WRAP®, you can monitor uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviors, allowing you to respond with planned strategies to reduce, modify, or eliminate those feelings. It’s a holistic approach that supports your overall well-being.

We are here to support you on your path to healing, recovery, and personal empowerment. Our staff is dedicated to helping you overcome challenges and achieve your goals. Please reach out to us to learn more about our programs and how we can assist you on your journey to a brighter, healthier future.


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