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Craigavon & Banbridge Women’s Aid


Horizon House

198 Union Street

Lurgan BT66 8EQ 

T: 028 38343256

F: 028 38322277

E: [email protected]


Portadown Refuge

T: 028 38362777

F: 028 38362203



Craigavon & Banbridge Women's Aid provides:
  • Information
  • Advice
  • Support
  • Safe Accommodation (31 Bed Refuge-12 Family Units)
  • Aftercare
  • Outreach and
  • Counselling services to women and their dependent children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.

Drop-in Coffee Mornings

Every Tuesday morning in horizon House from 10am till 12pm.  An opportunity to meet other women in the community, make new friends and catch up with old friends.  All women welcome.


The Aftercare Worker befriends women whilst in the refuge, supporting them during resettlement by liaison/advocacy work with external agencies e.g. NIHE, DHSS, providing information and access to other support networks and support services in their local area.  The Aftercare project encourages women to avail of the outreach groups and to facilitate these various groups which operate on a women centred holistic approach.

Moving on...Journey to Freedom

A support group experience for women who have endured or are enduring an abusive relationship - 12 week programme run in Horizon House.

The course covers issues that are relevant to women who have suffered domestic violence.  the course runs for a period of 12 weeks and looks in-depth at issues like;

  • 1. What is domestic violence?
  • 2. The effects of domestic violence
  • 3. Cycle of abuse
  • 4. Profile of abuser
  • 5. Myths
  • 6. Emotional Abuse (brainwashing)
  • 7. Anger
  • 8. Fear/protective behaviours
  • 9. Guilt and shame
  • 10. Grief loss and separation
  • 11. Healthy relationships and goal setting
  • 12. Finish - wrap up (optional 'effects on children')

Contact Horizon house for more information.

Self-Help Support Group

This innovative group aims to lend support to all women living in the community.  It is run by women, for women.

'Charis' Women's group

A weekly drop-in.  Activities include:

  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy
  • Women's Health Issues
  • Cookery
  • Craft etc

Join us and pamper yourself!!  Thursdays 10am - 12 am

Outreach Service

The Outreach worker can meet with you in your home or a place of your choice to offer you information, advice and support.  Support can also be offered in attending court, solicitors or when dealing with other agencies. 


kidz korner

While you are here your children will be happy and cared for in Kidz Korner.  This is available for all programmes offered except the Outreach Service.kids

The refuge playroom opens from Monday to Friday for 2 hours.  The Childworker and Young Person's Worker try to arrange outings for Saturdays.  The programme in the playroom varies from week to week.  the activities provided include; arts and crafts, storytime, home-work club, painting, working with clay, cooking and lots of general play.


Inter-Agency Work

Craigavon & Banbridge Women's Aid continues to work in partnership with:

  • Cookstown & Banbridge Trust Domestic Violence Forum and Armagh & Dungannon Domestic Violence Forum and their sub-groups (training/education and perpetrators)
  • Craigavon & Banbridge Trust Child Protection Panel (CPP)
  • SHSSB - CSP Child Protection Reference Group.
  • SHSSB - CSP Child Therapeutic Intervention Group
  • SHSSB - CSP Domestic Violence Sub-Group


Volunteering Opportunities

You can volunteer to be involved in any aspect of our work.  For details telephone the number above. 


All donations greatly appreciated.


Cookstown & Dungannon Women's Aid is always interested in facilitation talks/training on domestic violence for church or youth groups as well as women's groups and any other agency.


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Contact Us:  129 University Street Belfast. BT7 1HP  Tel:(028) 90 249041 Fax:(028) 90 239296  
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