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Welcome to ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services is a voluntary organisation which was set up in 1974 to provide a wide range of supports to women survivors of domestic abuse and their children across Limerick City and County. ADAPT runs the largest refuge in the country providing emergency accommodation for women and children who have to leave their homes because of domestic abuse. It also provides a wide range of outreach services for women who are not staying in the refuge including: 24 hour helpline support, 1-2-1 support in relation to issues arising as a result of domestic abuse e.g. financial and housing concerns, accompaniment to court to seek legal protection, support groups for women who are or have been in an abusive relationship, and educational opportunities for women survivors of domestic abuse.

ADAPT also provides a range of supports for children and young people who are or have lived with domestic abuse. These services include helpline support, one to one support in relation to their experience, emotional and practical support in relation to their concerns, group work programmes for young people, educational support and a play therapy service. 


We also work with young people in the general community to promote healthy relationships which are based on equality, dignity and mutual respect. We do this by running our Healthy Relationships Programme with young people in schools and youth groups across the region.


In addition, ADAPT also  works with community, statutory and voluntary bodies to raise awareness of domestic abuse and to develop the capacity of groups and individuals to recognise domestic abuse and respond appropriately to the needs of women survivors of domestic abuse and their children. It does this through a variety of programmes and activities including: production of awareness raising materials, co-ordination of public awareness campaigns, development of good practice guidelines and provision of awareness raising training.


Over the years, we have produced research on issues related to domestic abuse such as ''Starting from Scratch – 2001; we have organised national and international conferences for example the Diversity and Domestic Abuse conference in 2004 and have contributed to the development of Good Practice Guidelines (e.g. Employers’ Guidelines on Domestic Abuse - 2011). For a full list of research and resources produced by ADAPT click here. We have also been proactive in contributing to interagency mechanisms to promote good practice and develop quality services (e.g. Regional Advisory Committee on Violence against Women).


A substantial annual budget is required to provide the current level of services at ADAPT with a number of statutory bodies contributing to funding different elements of the service. These include: HSE, FAS, Limerick City Council, Pobal, Department of Education and Science, The Family Support Agency and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.  The remaining funds required to sustain the current level of service have to be raised through fundraising activities. Funding to address gaps in services and to fund capital projects also has to be raised through local fundraising.




Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived  (FEAD)

The FEAD programme is an EU-wide initiative to help support people take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion. 85% of the funding comes from the EU with the balance of funding coming from the Irish Exchequer.

The Department of Social Protection is the Managing Authority for FEAD in Ireland.

Our charity benefits from food assistance. The FEAD programme provides non-perishable food via their charity partners to families and individuals in need. Food supplied consist of breakfast cereals, rice, pasta and pasta sauce, soups, canned fish, jam, tea, coffee, sugar, and canned vegetables and fruit. The food items are easy to transport and store.

Our charity also benefits from material assistance under the FEAD Programme. The programme provides school stationary kits to children who are being supported by FEAD food assistance in both national and secondary schools.


Mission Statement

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services is committed to offering respect, support and safety to women and their children where domestic abuse is their experience  and to challenging the existence of this abuse in society.

Our Clients

ADAPT provides services to women who are experiencing domestic abuse and their children (boys and girls up to the age of 18 years). ADAPT's services are available to all women regardless of where they are from, their racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. In 2011 ADAPT services supported 768 individual women and children who were experiencing domestic abuse.


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