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One in Four is a “needs responsive” agency, we are here to help our clients in whatever way might be necessary. The Advocacy Service provides practical support and information to a person based on their individual need(s).

The aim of the service:

Our advocacy service has one simple and clear aim: to work with an individual, in order to empower them by providing safe and clear information and contact with the necessary services. The client decides what steps to take and the Advocacy Team act only under their direction. Our role is to determine and discuss the options, to empower the individual to act for themselves and where appropriate, to facilitate any action.

The service:

When you call the office you will speak to someone from reception. They may take contact details and other relevant information, at your discretion. This information is then passed on to the Advocacy Team who will attempt to call you back within 24-hours, depending on the work load at any given time.

A member of the Advocacy Team can then talk you through your individual needs and set up a meeting, where necessary, within one working week, depending upon your availability and the work load at any given time.

You can also get in touch with us through e-mail or by post. Due to the nature of the work and the heavy demand upon the service, it is not possible for us to offer a drop-in service.

What services we provide:

The primary focus of the Advocacy Service is to provide or seek whatever practical support might be necessary in any individual case, to source and provide information as appropriate, to facilitate safe, effective contact with other agencies and services where appropriate or necessary. 

We can:

 Provide information on personal entitlements including: health, housing, social welfare, education and the legal process.

 Arrange services through referral or co-operation with other agencies.

 Provide access to legal services.

 Make and facilitate contact with health and or social care services.

 Make and facilitate contact with the Gardaí.

 Source medical services that are sympathetic to the needs of an individual.

 Support and accompany an individual to meetings with solicitors.

 Support and accompany an individual through the criminal justice process, including court accompaniment.

 Provide information and support to an individual making an application to the Residential Institutions Redress Board.

 Support and accompany an individual through state inquiries (including the Ferns Inquiry, the Dublin Arch Diocese Inquiry and the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse).

 Seek any other service or resource that might be necessary in each individual case.

 This list is not exhaustive; our aim is to ensure that the service is adaptive and responsive to the needs of the women and men who access the service. We work in a way that seeks to ensure that the service can adapt and develop to meet individual need.


Contact information

Support and resources for people who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence.