There are many support services available such as mediations services, legal support, family supports, domestic violence support and financial

What supports are available?

What supports are available?

We understand that many court users may need support and assistance during their court journey. To help you through this, we have provided a brief overview of some of the supports or useful contacts that may be relevant to your circumstances. In addition to these services, there may be services in your locality that can help you.

Legal Support

Legal Support

Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC)

FLAC is an independent voluntary organisation. Their aim is to promote equal access to justice for everybody with approaches such as legal advice, analysis and advocacy.

Contact Details - Website 
Tel: +353 1 906 10 10

Contact for - Maintenance, Custody/Access/Guardianship, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Passport Issues etc.

Legal Aid Board

Legal aid can help you if you cannot afford to pay a solicitor privately.

Legal aid provides legal advice and representation in court.

If you need information on legal aid, you should contact your local Legal Aid Board Law Centre. You can find your nearest Law Centre Here.

Contact for - Maintenance, Custody / Access / Guardianship, ChildCare, Domestic Violence and Paternity

Family Support

Family Support


Treoir is the National Specialist Information Service for unmarried parents and their children providing clear and up-to-date information free of charge to parents who are not married to each other and to those involved with them.

Contact Details - Website 
Tel: 01 6700 120

Contact for - Custody / Access / Guardianship, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Passport issues, Child Abduction and Parenting / Children Supports.


The Child and Family Agency is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving well being and outcomes for children.

Contact Details - Website 
Tel: 017718500

One Family

One Family work to affect positive change and achieve equality and social inclusion for all one-parent families in Ireland. For listening support and information for people parenting alone,sharing parenting and those separating.

Contact details - Website
Tel: 01 662 9212

Contact for - Parenting / Children Supports, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation


Barnardos works for and with vulnerable children in Ireland. They provide a range of resources to help young people, parents, carers and anyone working with children.

Contact Details - Website
Tel: 1800 910 123

Contact for - Child Care, Domestic Violence and Parenting / Children supports

Domestic Violence Support

Domestic Violence Support


Women's Aid

Women’s Aid provide free and confidential support to women experiencing domestic violence, family and friends, and professionals supporting victims of abuse.

Supports available include:

  • National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 available 24 hours aday, 7 days a week
  • Telephone Interpretation Service on 1800 341 900 available 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week
  • An online chat service available 7 nights a week, 7pm – 10pm at Additional hours during COVID-19 include Monday to Friday, 10am – 1pm and Saturday, 12pm – 3pm and Sunday, 11am – 1pm.
  • Text service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing women available daily on 087 959 7980
  • Support and referral service for women applying for domesti violence orders on 089 221 4636, Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. A drop- in service is also available in Dolphin House
  • Family Law Court in Dublin, Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Contact for - Domestic Violence

Men's Aid

Men’s Aid Ireland provides a confidential helpline, a support service and information for men and their families experiencing domestic violence.

(01) 554 3811, 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

Email for confidential support at

Contact for - Domestic Violence and Parenting / Children Support

Safe Ireland

Safe Ireland has up to-date information on the location of local domestic violence support services and refuges in Ireland and their contact details.

Contact for - Domestic Violence

An Garda Síochána

If you are concerned about violence in your home, you should contact your local Garda station. Members of the Gardaí are specially trained to deal with these situations and can offer advice, information and assistance. If you feel in immediate danger, call 112 or 999.

Other Support

Other Support

Legal Aid Board Family Mediation Service

Family mediation is a free service which can help separating couples and parents whose relationship has broken down to negotiate their own agreement. The parties are facilitated and helped by a trained mediator, and negotiate their own terms of settlement.

Contact Details - Website 

Tel: 01 874 7449 or 01 874 7446

National Advocacy Service

The National Advocacy Service provides a confidential, free and independent representative advocacy service to adults with disabilities across Ireland.

For more information visit their website here or phone the national helpline on 0818 07 3000

Pavee Point

Pavee Point is a national non-governmental organisation based in Dublin working to address the human rights situation of Travellers and Roma who as minority ethnic groups experience social exclusion, discrimination and racism. Pavee Point is not a service provider but works at policy, service and community levels, including in addressing the DSGBV needs of Traveller and Roma women.

Contact Details - Website 
Tel: (01) 878 0255


The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is a free and confidential service for people who are having problems with money management and debt. MABS money advisers provide advice and practical help to people to review their debts, deal with their creditors and work out solutions.

Contact Details - Website 
Helpline - 0818072000

Contact for - Maintenance