A new Outreach support and court accompaniment service has been created by Amber Women’s Refuge in Kilkenny. This means that Amber can go out to meet women in their communities that are experiencing violence.
The information & outreach points are in Castlecomer, Callan and Graigunemanagh. Amber Women’s Refuge have 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 will feel, scared, often isolated from friends and family. In these circumstances it can be very hard to make sense of what is really happening.
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. They can also provide a court accompaniment programme for women wishing to seek safety and protection orders.
The outreach worker will be in Castlecomer Community Centre, Kilkenny Road every Thursday from 10-1pm. In Callan at the Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary Complex, Mill Street, Callan, every Wednesday 10-12. In Graigunemanagh at the Abbey Hall every Wednesday from 3-5pm.
If you live outside the area and are in Kilkenny city or county they can arrange to meet you outside of these times in a safe, discreet location. The service is free, non- judgemental, professional and confidential. All of the above community Centres are home to a variety of services.Contact Sarah Kearns at the Amber refuge on 056-7771404 or the 24-hour helpline number on 1850 424244.