About Us

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 an end to domestic abuse in society and to establish a future where domestic abuse is unacceptable and women and children are safe in their homes.

Women's Aid...

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.

Our Mission is…

  • To provide safety and support for women and children who experience domestic abuse.

  • To work for and with women, children and young people to ensure their voices are heard and their needs are met.

  • To challenge attitudes and beliefs that perpetuates domestic / sexual abuse.

Our Journey

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.

Women’s Aid Armagh & Down have almost 40 years experience providing specialised domestic abuse support to women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Providing training and awareness raising sessions with external agencies and advocacy and campaigning for the rights of women and children who are affected by domestic abuse.

Recently we have rebranded our charity along with our sister Women’s Aids across Northern Ireland. For women, by women, with women!

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