The refuge

Clare Haven Refuge accommodating families in need

Clare Haven Refuge comprises six family ensuite units. Women and children are able to access the refuge in the knowledge that their safety is our paramount concern. The refuge provides not only a safe environment, but also one of comfort and support, while giving each women the dignity that she is entitled to.

Each woman coming into the refuge receives one-on-one support. A careplan is drawn up with her to look at her practical needs such as housing, social welfare, schools for children, etc. As well as her practical needs she also receives emotional support from our experienced staff. A crèche runs for two hours every morning and from the Autumn an arts and crafts session will run several times a week for children.

Clare Haven staff work tirelessly to support women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse, and all support work is carried with the knowledge and permission of the women. At all times, it is the woman who decides what is best for her and for her children. If needed, a staff member will accompany a woman to court, legal aid, social welfare etc.

Our refuge was officially opened by President Mary McAleese on Monday 15th April, 2002.





Clare Haven have also two transitional houses:

  • a purpose built two bedroom semi-detached bungalow with wheelchair access
  • a three bedroom, two storey semi-detached house

The transitional houses are offered to women who have accessed the Refuge and are ready to live on their own with minimal support from Clare Haven, but who cannot return to their own homes. The transitional house is a step-down out of refuge to accommodate a woman and children as they endeavour to move on to live independently, again with the help in accessing accommodation through Clare Haven Services