Our Services

24/7 Helpline: 1850 42 42 44

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

​At Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge CLG., we provide many services helping women and children affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships.

  • 24-hour short term emergency refuge accommodation
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Support and information (drop-in or appointment based)
  • Childcare programme for children affected by domestic violence
  • Court accompaniment service
  • Outreach service
  • Aftercare
  • Crisis counselling service
  • Play/Art therapy
  • Educational programmes to adolescent groups and schools
  • Awareness raising

Emergency Accommodation

At Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge CLG., we provide safe, short-term emergency accommodation. Our refuge has seven units made up of five individual units containing a kitchen/living area, ensuite sleeping areas and two ensuite bedrooms. The refuge can cater for seven women and up to twenty-three children at any time.

In our work with children they are given the chance to articulate the way they feel about their experiences. We make sure to work with the parent and child as a unit.

Outreach and Court accompaniment

Our outreach and court accompaniment offers an outreach support service and will provide information and support on your legal options. Together with you, they will assess your needs in relation to your situation.

Please contact the refuge on 1850 42 42 44 or 056 777 1404 if you require information or support on outreach.


On Tuesday 19th September at 10.30-12 we are having a Women's Social gathering in

Castlecomer Library (upstairs ) Please join us for cup of tea....

Outreach Locations

Our outreach worker has an access service in rural and city locations in Kilkenny, please see below how to access this service :


  • Location: Thomastown Community Centre, Marches St, Thomastown,Co. Kilkenny
  • Every Fortnight Tuesday of month time 9.30am- 11.30am

  • Location: Happe House, Hebron Park, Kilkenny
  • Contact the refuge on 056-7771404 to make an appointment
  • Location: Mullinavat Community Centre, entrance off Buck Rd, Mullinavat, Co.Kilkenny
  • Contact the refuge on 056-7771404 to make an appointment


  • Location: Droichead Family Resource Centre, Old C.B.S. school, West St, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
  • Every Fortnight time 10am – 12:30pm
  • Location: The Mill Family Resource Centre, Main St, Urlingford, Co.Kilkenny
  • Contact the refuge on 056-7771404 to make an appointment

By Appointment:

  • Location: Castlecomer Community Hall (upstairs), Kilkenny St, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Court Orders and Court Accompaniment Service

There are a number of legal protections available to you if you are experiencing domestic violence. These court-ordered protections are called orders and include;

  • Barring Order
  • Interim Barring order
  • Protection Order
  • Safety Order

Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge CLG. provides support and information to clients seeking orders including being accompanied to court. For more information, visit www.flac.ie.

Contact the refuge on 1850 42 42 44 and we can make arrangements to speak or meet with our court accompaniment and outreach worker.


Do you think you would benefit from counselling?

Contact the refuge on 1850 42 42 44 or 056 777 1404 and speak with a project worker who will refer you to our counsellor for crisis counselling.

Our Services

Our Way of Work

With the help of the services above, and based on our principles of practice, we work together with women to assess their needs and then set a plan or goal to address them.We have a childcare worker who works with children residing in the refuge or on a referral basis. Our childcare worker uses a programme to address the needs of children affected by domestic violence. We can also refer to a play therapist, who works with the children within the refuge if needed. We do this work in collaboration with the parent.

If you have any feedback or complaints in relation this TUSLA funded service, please see Tusla www.tusla.ie/about/feedback-and-complaints


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

100% of your donation goes to Amber, Kilkenny Women’s Refuge across most network operators.

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.