Women’s Aid is the lead agency in tackling domestic/sexual abuse and seeks through its work to promote healthy and non-abusive relationships.
Our Vision is:
‘A world where women
and children are
safe and supported’
Our Mission is…
‘To believe in, listen to and support
women and children facing
domestic abuse so that they feel
safe, hopeful and can thrive’
Women and children accessed Women's Aid community support across Northern Ireland last year.
Women and children were supported by Women's Aid Armagh Down, through locally based refuge, community support or other Women's Aid projects last year.
Women and children stayed in a Women's Aid refuge within Northern Ireland last year.
You are not alone. Women’s Aid has over 40 years experience of supporting women and children in Northern Ireland. We are here to help along with a range of other agencies. We are here for you every day.
The key values underpinning our work for the next five years are:
Collaborative: We will provide services that work together to meet the needs of those affected by gender based violence
Relationships: A commitment to developing healthy relationships based upon equality and respect
Trauma Sensitive: Our work will have an underpinned ethos of trauma sensitive support
Inclusive: Our services will be available to women and children regardless of their background
Women’s Empowerment – our approach is rooted in a belief that women can empower themselves, and we will support them on that journey
Accountable – we will operate in an open and transparent way, with the highest standard of governance and financial management
Challenge – we pledge to challenge societal attitudes and victim blaming cultures, bringing the role of perpetrators back into the conversation
The Women’s Aid movement in Northern Ireland is part of a worldwide movement which began in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s. Newry Women’s Aid formed in 1983 providing vital support to women in Newry and surrounding areas. In 2000 a purpose built refuge was built to support women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic abuse.
In 2013 Newry Women’s Aid became Women’s Aid Armagh Down expanding their specialised support to women and their children across not only Newry, Mourne and Down but into Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon areas too. Women’s Aid Armagh Down covers the largest geographical area of all Women’s Aid groups in Northern Ireland.