Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge CLG.

24/7 Helpline: 1850 42 42 44

Refuge Contact Numbers - 056-7771404 /056-7771447/056-7771878

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If you need support of information in relation to domestic violence, please ring our 24/7 helpline number 1850 42 42 44 or 056 777 1404.

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History of the Refuge

Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge CLG. originally started as a support and information service in Loughboy, Kilkenny. It soon became evident that there was a need for a women's refuge service in Kilkenny. This was set up soon after, and was eventually housed in a purpose built facility in November 2001 in Kilkenny. Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge CLG. caters for women and children from Carlow and Kilkenny. In 2016 we developed our outreach and court accompaniment service to reach those in rural areas seeking support and information.

Our Mission

At Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge CLG, it’s our mission to empower women and children, of all cultures and backgrounds, to achieve their rights to live abuse-free lives. We do this by providing a safe, secure, and supportive environment. At the refuge, we offer a comprehensive range of responses to their needs on, and off site. We work alongside others to safeguard children and women against the crime of Domestic Violence.

Our Principles

The set of principles which will guide the organisation in carrying out its mission statement are:

  • A strength-based approach, which recognises and harnesses the capacity and resources of women and children in meeting their protection and support needs.
  • Information as power for women to act and make informed choices in the best interests of themselves and their children.
  • A non-directive and non-judgmental approach, which supports a woman’s decision-making and respects her current priorities.
  • The protection and welfare of children are generally best served through promoting the protection and support of the non-abusing parent.
  • While mothers and children have interrelated needs, children have their own responses to domestic violence and have the right to articulate their experiences, to be heard and have their needs addressed.
  • The protection and welfare of children must be prioritised under Children First 2011 where there is an un-resolvable conflict of interest between the mother and her child’s needs.





Useful Phone Numbers

St Luke’s Hospital 056 778 5000
Care Doc Kilkenny 1850 334 999
Garda Kilkenny 056 777 5000
Garda Carlow 059 913 6620
Citizens Information 0761 077 910
Kilkenny LA Housing 056 779 4900
Child-line 1800 66 66 66
Rape Crisis Centre 1800 478 478
Carlow Woman’s Aid 1800 444 944
Cuan Saor Refuge/Clonmel 1800 576 757
Oasis House Waterford 051 370 367
Wexford Women’s Refuge 1800 22 0 444

Service for men affected by Domestic Violence: Amen -046-9023718

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Text AMBER to 50300 to donate €2

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Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €1.63 will go to Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 680 5278.