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Services Provided by Omagh Women's Aid include:

  • Refuge

  • Floating Support

  • Children's Services

  • Training and Personal Development Programmes

  • External Training

Download our most recent leaflet here:

Refuge
A refuge is a safe place where women and children who want to escape domestic violence, can stay. It is a place where women can have time and space to make decisions free from fear and pressure.
You can refer yourself to a refuge directly without having to contact someone else to do it for you. This can be done by contacting the Resource Centre 028 8224 1414 during office hours, or through the regional helpline 0808 802 1414 in the evenings and weekends. Some women are referred to a refuge by a range of agencies such as the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the police, social services etc.
The size and style of each refuge varies, but our refuges are usually large houses that have been converted or are purpose built. They are comfortably decorated with good facilities. Bedroom sizes vary. Some of the rooms are suitable for a woman coming on her own, others house women who come with their children. There are also wheelchair friendly rooms in each refuge. Kitchens and living areas are shared, and all the women living in the refuge are responsible for the various tasks involved in running any home.
You and your children can stay in refuge for as long as you need. Some women only stay a few days, others stay for a longer period of time while they wait to be re-housed.
 
Court Support
Support is offered to women who need to attend court on any issue relating to domestic violence. The benefits include:
·         Confidential support service
·         Private waiting room
·         Refreshments available
·         Court support worker to clarify information during the process
·         Someone who is familiar with court
·         Pre-court visit if required
·         Access to the Domestic Violence Officer to learn about their service
·         Accompaniment to solicitors
·         Refer women to other appropriate agencies for specialist support
·         Link children and young people affected into appropriate Women’s Aid Services
 
Floating Support
Practical and emotional support is provided to families affected by domestic violence who choose to remain at home or in a community setting through a floating support service.

The aim of the service is to help those women with special and complex needs, specific to their domestic violence situation, to maintain and sustain their home through making informed choices about their accommodation needs.
 
The main areas of focus are:
- Safety Planning - Addressing women’s safety and security needs
- Housing Advice - General housing advice and, in the event of a ‘move-on’, ensuring appropriate resettlement services for women. Explaining terms and conditions of tenancy agreements
- Money Management - Welfare benefits information, including housing benefits
- Advocacy - On behalf of women where domestic violence has decreased their ability to act on their own behalf.
- Specialist Services- Informing women of available specialist services for example mental health / addiction, etc
- Facilitating access - to other supports, particularly those which promote / develop empowerment and self-reliance and form the basis of an exit strategy from floating support services.

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Useful Publications on Domestic Abuse from other sources:

Stopping Domestic & Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland - A seven year strategy - March 2016 - Download here

Women's Aid Annual Report 2016 - 2017 - Download here

Helpline's Network NI Leaflet - Download here

Belfast Area Domestic Violence Partnership - Legal remedies at a glance - Download here

Belfast Area Domestic Violence Partnership - Domestic Abuse in the Workplace Make it your business - Download here

 

 

 

 

 

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