Find a support service now
SAFE Ireland has 39 domestic violence support services in Ireland for women and children. Of these, 20 provide 24-hour emergency accommodation. All services are free and confidential.
You can find your nearest domestic violence support service here.
Alternatively contact your local Garda station or phone the National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900 (Open 10am – 10pm).
If you have a smart phone (iphone or android), you can download the free SAFE Ireland app, which provides information about domestic violence support services in Ireland at your finger-tips.
Be an ally against abuse
Everyone has an active role in preventing violence against women. Friends and family are vital to the safety of women. Nearly 30% of women attending Safe Ireland domestic violence services said that they had heard about the service first from a family member or friend.
You can also MAN UP by speaking out against violence, and by promoting the need for healthy and positive relationships that are based on respect, safety and equality.
When you see or hear something that is disrespectful, harmful, or promotes violence against women – something that you just know is not OK – you can MAN UP to become what is known as an engaged bystander – and find a way to safely intervene.
However, intervening does NOT mean putting yourself in danger. Safety is key in deciding how and when to respond to any type of violence. Here are three things to consider first.
- Is there a problem? Does someone need help?
- What are my options? Is it safe for me to intervene?
- If not, take action by getting help.
If you see or hear something and you do not feel safe, call the Gardai, contact your local SAFE Ireland member service.
Do you think you are an abuser?
It takes strength to admit that you are abusing your partner. But if you really want to change, you can. The following can give you support.