The overall aim of Wexford Women’s Refuge is to empower women who are experiencing domestic abuse, or at risk of experiencing domestic abuse, to improve the quality of their lives through support, information and education. In May 1998 an Information and Support Service was set-up with a view to establishing a Refuge in Wexford. In October 2002 the Refuge was opened.
The Refuge is a purpose built communal facility, providing 24hr. emergency accommodation for women and children, who must leave their own homes due to domestic abuse. The Refuge provides, accommodation for four families, twenty-two bed spaces in total. The recommended period for a woman and her family to stay in the Refuge is 8-10 weeks.
Other supports provided by the Refuge include a 24hr Helpline Service, court accompaniment and an Outreach service
Outreach can include court accompaniment, support and information.
The 1997 Task Force Report on violence against women, page 65. Chapter 7. 7.14 recommends: The Task Force considers, that ongoing support services for vulnerable women and children are essential. In these circumstances, it is recommended that a system of Outreach Services be developed which facilitate women who cannot, or do not wish to go to a Refuge and for women who have left Refuge accommodation.
The initial funding to operate the Information & Support Service came from the South Eastern Health Board and the Wexford Area Partnership . Capital funding to build the Refuge came form the DOE. The main funders untill 2014 was the Health Service Executive (75%) and the DOE (15%) to cover bed-night costs.
Presently the total funding is from Tusla 2016
Wexford Women’s Refuge is the smallest Refuge in the region, nevertheless it is considered to be the busiest.