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Below are a selection of useful links organised by category.
Support and Information on Violence Against Women Services in Ireland | White Ribbon Campaigns around the World | International Men’s Organizations against VAW | Other Irish Non-Government Organisations working on Violence Against Women | Irish Government Agencies working on Violence Against Women | Support Services for Children in Ireland | Other Useful Violence Against Women web sites
Support and Information on Violence Against Women Services in Ireland
Domestic Violence Services
Safe Irelands 41 members provide a range of confidential services and supports to women and their children experiencing or at risk of domestic violence including emotional and practical support, court accompaniment, outreach and many provide refuge accommodation and help-lines.
See http://www.safeireland.ie/current_members.htm for list of services nation- wide.
Rape Crisis Centres:
The RCNI member Rape Crisis Centres provide free advice, counselling and support for survivors of sexual abuse in Ireland.
See http://www.rcni.ie/rape-crisis-centres-2.aspx for list of centres nation- wide.
National Domestic Violence Helpline operated by Women’s Aid: 1800 341 900 or www.womensaid.ie
National Sexual Violence Helpline operated by Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 77 88 88 or www.drcc.ie
Elder Abuse Helpline: 1850 24 1850
HSE Elder Abuse Services
The HSE has a dedicated Elder Abuse Service, with Senior Case Workers in Elder Abuse now working in most Local Health Office Areas. For details of your local Case Worker contact the national information helpline or access the HSE website.
Samaritans provides 24-hour emotional support to anyone experiencing distress, despair or suicidal thought.
White Ribbon Campaigns around the World
There are or have been White Ribbon Campaigns in at least 60 countries. Here are some links to a few campaign organizations.
United Kingdom: www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk
New Zealand: http://www.nzfamilies.org.nz/white-ribbon
International Men’s Organizations against VAW
MenEngage is a global alliance of NGOs and UN agencies that seeks to engage boys and men and promote advocacy around a number of key themes where gender directly affects the lives of women and men.
Men Stopping Violence
Works to dismantle belief systems, social structures, and institutional practices that oppress women and children and dehumanize men themselves.
Men For Change
Dedicated towards promoting positive masculinity and ending sexism and violence. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada started after the Montreal Massacre in 1989. http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/CommunitySupport/Men4Change/index.htm
Men Stopping Rape
Other Irish Non-Government Organisations working on Violence Against Women
National Women’s Council
The NWCI is a membership organization which promotes women's rights and women's equality in Ireland.
A partnership of Irish Travellers & settled people working together to improve the lives of Irish Traveller
Irish Refugee Council
The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) is a membership-based, independent non-governmental organisation which advocates on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees and has done since 1992.
An Irish NGO working with women in prostitution and sex trafficking.
Irish Government Agencies working on Violence Against Women
Cosc - the national office for the prevention of domestic, sexual and gender based violence
An Garda Siochana: Ireland's national police service
Health Service Executive
The Law Reform Commission
This is an independent statutory body corporate established under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975, to keep the law under review and to make recommendations for its reform. This includes work on consolidation of statutes and statute law revision.
Reception and Integration Agency
Responsible for co-ordinating the provision of services to asylum seekers and refugees, the implementation of integration policy, and responding to crisis situations which result in large numbers of refugees arriving in Ireland in a short period of time.
The Equality Authority is an independent body set up under the Employment Equality Act 1998. It was established on 18th October 1999.
Assesses and manages offenders in the community on behalf of the Courts Service and Prisons Service. Details of regional offices can be found on their website or in your local telephone directory.
Victims of Crime Office
The Victims of Crime Office works to support the development of competent, caring and efficient services to victims of crime.
Legal Aid Board
The Board is responsible for the provision of legal aid and advice on matters of civil law to persons unable to fund such services from their own resources. www.legalaidboard.ie
Citizens Information Centres
Provides information on all aspects of public services and entitlements for citizens of Ireland, including housing, tax, training and employment, and social welfare.
Support Services for Children in Ireland
Supports children whose well-being is under threat by working with them, their families and communities, and by campaigning for the rights of children
Children’s Rights Alliance
A coalition of over 90 NGOs working to secure the rights and needs of children in Ireland
Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
ISPCC advocates on behalf of all children in Ireland
Children at Risk in Ireland
CARI Provides therapy and counselling services to children, families and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse
Other Useful Violence Against Women web sites
Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE):
A network of European women's non-governmental organisations working in the field of combating violence against women and children
Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women
World Health Organisation (Gender Based Violence)
Information on activities, reports, news and events regarding gender based violence
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
EU Daphne Programme
A European Union funded programme to combat violence against children, young people and women.
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.