We have a Refuge and Self Contained Apartments in Ballymena. Our refuge and apartments are comfortably decorated with good facilities. Bedroom sizes vary. Some of the rooms are suitable for a woman coming on her own, others for women who come with their children. There are also wheelchair friendly rooms at each site. In the refuge kitchens and living areas are shared, and all the women living there are responsible for the various tasks involved in running any home.
A refuge is a safe place where women and children who want to escape domestic violence can stay. It is a place where women can have time and space to make decisions free from fear and pressure.
You can refer yourself to a refuge directly by contacting the Naomi Centre 02825632136 during office hours, or through the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline, 0808 802 1414 in the evenings and weekends. Some women are referred to a refuge by a range of agencies such as the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the PSNI and Social Services.
Children & Young People
In the refuge, children and young people have the opportunity to be involved in group work including personal development programmes. They have one to one time with a child worker, who offer guidance and support in dealing with any worries or concerns they might have inside or outside of refuge.
We have a big playroom for younger children and there is always someone to listen to and support the children, while organising fun things to do. Refuge can be a positive experience for children as it can give them an understanding of what is happening while providing the support they need to deal with what they have experienced at home.