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July 27, 2016
Citizens Information
July 27, 2016


Kilkenny Amber Women’s Refuge

Support and Information for Women Experiencing Domestic Abuse Available in your local Area

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new Outreach support and court accompaniment service created by Amber Women’s Refuge in Kilkenny & the County. This means that we can go out to meet women in their communities that are experiencing violence. We have an information & outreach point in Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan. Amber Women’s Refuge has been providing free, professional and confidential services to women experiencing domestic abuse in Kilkenny since 1997.

Domestic violence is the abuse of one partner within an intimate or family relationship. It is the repeated, random and habitual use of intimidation to control a partner. The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.

Most women experiencing domestic violence feel scared and worried, often they are isolated from friends and family. She may be living in fear, unable to predict when the next incident will come. In these circumstances it can be very hard to make sense of what is really happening. Over time her self-esteem may be worn down. She may start to believe her abuser’s insults. She may blame herself for the abuse, or deny that it is taking place. She may ignore it, hoping that her partner will change.

This service is here to listen to women that are seeking support and information about domestic abuse. We can support women to keep safe, help to apply for legal aid, help women look at their options. We can also provide a court accompaniment programme for women wishing to seek safety and protection orders.

You can arrange to meet the outreach worker at Droichead Family Resource Centre as part of this service

If you live outside the area and are in Kilkenny city or county we can arrange to meet you outside of these times in a safe, discreet location. The service is free, non- judgemental, professional & confidential.

For more information, please contact Sarah Kearns at the Amber refuge on 056-777 1404 or the low call 24-hour helpline number on 1850 424 244.

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