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.
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.
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.