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History

Omagh refuge was opened in 1987 in response to urgent need for vital support and accommodation to women & children affected by domestic violence in our community  Women’s Aid is the lead voluntary organization in Northern Ireland addressing domestic violence and providing services for women and children. The Women’s Aid movement in Northern Ireland began in 1975 and is made up of ten local Women’s Aid groups, they are all members of Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland.

 

Omagh Women’s Aid provides a quality based service to women and children affected by all forms of domestic violence. Our workers support women in taking control of their own lives and in making their own decisions. Our vision is to eliminate all forms of domestic violence. 

 

Core Aims

1. Provide temporary refuge to women and their children suffering mental, physical or sexual abuse within the home.
2. Encourage the woman to take control of her own future, whether this involves returning home or beginning an independent life.
3. Recognize and care for the emotional needs of the children involved.
4. Offer support and advice to any woman who asks for it, whether or not she is living in a refuge and to offer supportive aftercare to women leaving the refuge.
5. Educate and inform the public, the media, the courts, social services and other agencies, always mindful of the fact that abused women are a direct result of the general position of women in our society.

 

Service Users Comments of Women's Aid:

 

“Women’s Aid has become my second family.”


"It has made me more confident and my kids have noticed that I am more relaxed.”

 

"I know now what I deserve in a relationship and know the signs to look for in a violent relationship."

 

"It has helped me realise I deserve to be treated with respect & deserve the best relationships in my life."

 

"This has helped me realise I am not alone in my experience of an abusive relationship."



 

 

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