Women’s Aid is the lead voluntary organisation in Northern Ireland addressing domestic violence and providing services for women and children.
The Women’s Aid movement in Northern Ireland began in 1975. It is made up of ten local Women’s Aid groups and Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland, the regional body with a role for training, policy and lobbying.
The ultimate aim Women’s Aid is to eliminate domestic violence. We do this by challenging attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate domestic violence and promoting healthy and non-abusive relationships.
North Down and Ards Women’s Aid
The need for crisis intervention for women and children experiencing domestic violence in the local area was identified at a public meeting in Bangor in 1982. North Down and Ards Women’s Aid was established soon after. Over the years, we have used our experience and expertise to meet the growing demand for services in the local area. Work has expanded significantly since those early days. Thanks to funding from a range of sources we are now able to reach women in both refuge and community settings. We can respond to the needs of women and children, not only through crisis intervention but through preventative support and education.