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The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.

An Oifig Náisiúnta um Fhoréigean Baile, Gnéasach agus Inscnebhunaithe a Chosc

  1. Do you need help urgently?

Do you need help urgently?

• In an emergency call 112 or 999

• If you need to talk to someone in confidence about domestic violence call: 1800 341 900.
This national helpline is run by Women's Aid and operates 24hours, 7 days a week and is accessible in 170 languages.

• If you need to talk to someone in confidence about sexual assault call: 1800 77 88 88.
This national helpline is run by Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week

• Men who are experiencing domestic violence should call Amen on 046 902 3718
This national helpline is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday. If you need help outside these hours please call: 086 194 7270

• Older people who are experiencing abuse in the home should call: 1850 24 1850
The HSE information line  is  open Monday – Saturday from 8am to 8pm

Domestic Violence Court Orders

You can get a Protection Order from the courts, which is a temporary safety order which will protect you while you apply for a Safety or Barring Order. The Protection Order bans a person from using violent or threatening behaviour towards you.
In exceptional circumstances a judge can grant an interim Barring Order, without your abuser being present, where they believe you are at immediate risk. If your abuser breaches a Protection, Safety or Barring Order it is an offence and you should call your local Garda Station.


To get an order go to your local District Court. You do not need a solicitor to make an initial application, but the courts highly recommend you have legal representation for full hearings. Contact your local District Court to find out what day family law cases are heard. If you would like someone to come with you, contact Women's Aid (1800 341 900) or your local refuge.
For more information contact a family law solicitor or the Legal Aid Board on 1890 615 200 (Monday to Friday; 10am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4pm)

• If you can, make a Safety Plan.

• Find more detailed information about the options available to you here