love letter
"Make your Church a Safe Place for anyone affected by domestic abuse"

Everyone should have a Safe Place from domestic abuse

Pregnancy
"At 18 weeks the baby started kicking. At 22 weeks so did the father."

Everyone should have a Safe Place from domestic abuse

Flower
"He loves me……he loves me not."

Everyone should have a Safe Place from domestic abuse

BME
“Domestic Abuse – Support is for Everyone”

Everyone should have a Safe Place from domestic abuse

girl with doll
"Looking the other way doesn’t always hide the truth"

Everyone should have a Safe Place from domestic abuse

Eggshells
"No-one should have to walk on eggshells"

Everyone should have a Safe Place from domestic abuse

old but not safer
"It's never too late..."

Everyone should have a Safe Place from domestic abuse

Men can be victims
"It does happen to men"

Everyone should have a Safe Place from domestic abuse

loveheart
"There’s No Pride In Domestic Abuse"

Everyone should have a Safe Place from domestic abuse

Partnership Working

We work with various safe place partners who share our vision to raise awareness of domestic abuse & the support services available in communities.
Police service of Northern Ireland

The Police Service of Northern Ireland became an Onus Safe Place Partner in 2014.

The PSNI support anyone suffering from domestic abuse and are committed to bring domestic abuse offenders to justice. The PSNI work closely with partner organisations to provide help, support and guidance to those in need.

As an Onus Safe Place Partner, PSNI launched the Safe Place Initiative in 2011 and from 2020 PSNI officers have been trained to deliver Safe Place training across all areas of Northern Ireland. PSNI also launched the ‘Walking on Eggshells’ campaign which encourages anyone affected by domestic abuse to seek support.

Woman's Aid ABCLN

Women’s Aid ABCLN established Onus as a social enterprise in 2007 and became our first Safe Place Partner.  

Women’s Aid ABCLN provide confidential support, information and emergency accommodation for women and children who are affected by domestic abuse in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey.

As an Onus Safe Place Partner, Women’s Aid ABCLN deliver training on Safe Place and Safe School and encourage Safe Place organisations to sign up to the White Ribbon campaign.

Woman's Aid Armaghdown

Women’s Aid Armaghdown became an Onus Safe Place Partner in 2014.

Women’s Aid Armaghdown provide refuge, floating support and services for children and young people in the Newry, Mourne & Down and Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon areas.

As an Onus Safe Place Partner, Women’s Aid Armaghdown deliver training on Safe Place and Safe School.

Northern Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership

The Northern Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership (NDSVP) is a multi-agency partnership comprised of local statutory and voluntary organisations which provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and/or abuse. Collectively we are tasked by the Regional Steering Group on domestic and sexual violence to deliver an action plan against the Government’s “Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland’ strategy. Onus provide Partnership support to the Northern Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership.

Cinnamon Network

Onus Safe Church, First All Ireland Cinnamon Recognised Project.

The Safe Church Initiative was developed by Onus to empower churches to recognise and respond to Domestic Violence and Abuse both within the church and wider community context. As a Cinnamon Recognised Project, Safe Church offers churches a best practice, tested methodology for helping people in their community. This helps local church based projects to both start faster and succeed sooner.

The Rank Foundation

Rank aims to improve the lives of people and their communities, across the UK, by encouraging and developing leadership and promoting enterprise and innovation.

Onus in partnership with Rank Foundation look forward to the roll out of Safe Place UK wide. 

Nexus NI

Safe Place Partner Nexus NI offer services and support to people who have been affected by sexual violence in any form, and our services are delivered across Northern Ireland.

Nexus also run the 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline. The Helpline provides support, advice, information, and referral to any victims, as well as concerned friends or family and professionals.

You can contact the Helpline by calling 0808 802 1414, emailing help@dsahelpline.org or by visiting https://dsahelpline.org

MAP NI

Safe Place Partner Men’s Advisory Project (MAP) provides a range of services for all male victims of domestic abuse.

MAP can be contacted for confidential support and information on 028 9024 1929 (Belfast Office) or 028 7116 0001 (Foyle Office)

The Rainbow Project

Safe Place Partner The Rainbow Project promote the health and wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in Northern Ireland and includes an advocacy service on abuse within relationships.

The Rainbow Project can be contacted on 028 9031 9030 (Belfast Office) or 028 7128 3030 (Foyle Office).

Diocese of Down & Connor

The Diocese of Down & Connor became a Safe Place Partner in 2021.

As an Onus Safe Place Partner, the Diocese of Down & Connor provide Safe Place training to all Churches within the Diocese and help to promote the Safe Church Pathway.

Methodist Church Ireland

The Methodist Church in Ireland became an Onus Safe Place Partner in 2019.

The Methodist Church in Ireland has 212 churches or ‘societies’ with a total community membership of around 53,000.

As an Onus Safe Place Partner, The Methodist Church in Ireland provide Safe Place training to Methodist Churches in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and help to promote the Safe Church Pathway.

Key contact:
Grace McGurk
Grace.mcgurk@irishmethodist.org

Presbyterian Church Ireland

The Presbyterian Church Ireland became a Safe Place Partner in 2021.

As an Onus Safe Place Partner, the Presbyterian Church Ireland provide Safe Place training to Presbyterian Churches all Ireland and help promote the Safe Church Pathway.

Key contact:
Dr Jacqui Montgomery-Devlin 
Jdevlin@pcisocialwitness.org