Useful Links

Towards Healing

Towards Healing is a free, confidential helpline and counselling referral service, which is a Catholic Church response to abuse by clergy and religious.

Freephone from the Republic of Ireland 1800 303416; from Northern Ireland and Britain 0800 0963315.

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 8pm

Friday 11am – 6pm.

Towards Peace

Spiritual support for survivors of abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland

Mrs Una Allen, Director

Mrs Colleen Brown, Administration and Development Coordinator

Tel: + 353 (0) 1 5053028
Mobile: + 353 (0) 86 7710533

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 5pm



Emergency telephone number

999 or 18000 for text phone users

For non-urgent matters call the police on 101 (if you are a Tesco mobile or giffgaff user, call 028 9065 0222)

Social Services out of hours

Wherever you live in Northern Ireland, social workers can be contacted, out of hours through the central telephone number: (028) 9504 9999


Lifeline NI

Tel: 0808 808 8000

No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help.


Samaritans Belfast

Tel: 116 123

If something’s troubling you, then get in touch with the Samaritans. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.



Tel: 0800 1111

You can contact ChildLine about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Whatever your worry it’s better out than in.


Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline

Tel: 0808 8021 414

The 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline is open to anyone affected by domestic violence regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, age or ethnicity.

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Action on Elder Abuse

0808 808 8141

Call for confidential help AND advice on all aspects of elder abuse.

This is a free helpline available throughout the U,K Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and will not show up on your phone bill.

The helpline not only provides direct advice and help to people who may be in danger of experiencing abuse but it also provides unique information on the nature, circumstances and dynamics of elder abuse.