NTDC Ascend Project    


1. About Ascend

2. Our Services

3. Contact Us

4. Service User Feedback Form

5. Current Vacancies

6.  Media Campaigns and Webinars

7. Literature and Forms

About Ascend                         

NTDC Ascend Domestic Abuse Service for Women offers confidential support services to women who have or are experiencing Domestic Abuse in their intimate relationships. This also includes abuse within family relationships.

Our services include:

  • One-to-One Support.
  • Helpline.
  • Court Accompaniment.
  • Information and Outreach Support.
  • Personal Development group.
  • Delivery of Healthy Relationships Programme to Transition Year students.
  • Provision of a Safe House.

Service User testimonial:

“Thanks to all the good, caring people in Ascend and the people, like myself, who were so fortunate to have found Ascend. I would never have got through the tough times without all of you. Please let people know that there is HOPE along the way”. 


Ascend Co-Ordinator, Kathleen Maher, says: “Here at Ascend, we understand that making the first contact can be a difficult step; we are here to help and listen.  We offer confidential and non-judgemental support and information.  Or if you are worried about someone you know and need support or advice please contact us”.


Our Services

Ascend is compromised of a small staff team working under the management and support of North Tipperary Development Company.
We provide support and information to women who have, or are, experiencing domestic abuse in their intimate relationships.  We aim to put the safety of women and children at the centre of our work. We aim to empower women in their lives, and to advocate on their behalf where appropriate.

  1. This service offers support, information, listening and an understanding of domestic abuse issues. We can meet you at a place and time of your convenience throughout North Tipperary.
  2. We offer a confidential listening and informative telephone service where you have the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have about domestic abuse in your life.
  3. We will provide you with emotional support; someone will listen to you, believe you, and help you get clarity on your situation. We are here to help a woman identify her options.
  4. safety plan will be created in consultation with you. This can be done in person or initial contact can be made over the phone.
  5. If we have concerns about your safety or that of your children we will make a referral to specialised services within Tusla.
  6. We can accompany you and participate in Child Protection conferences and other relevant meetings as requested.
  7. We make referrals to programmes such as TLC Kidz, Family Support Services, external Counselling services, Pieta House and any other relevant agencies according to your needs. We provide support with regard to the following agencies: Referral to a refuge, or alternative temporary housing through Social Work, Social Welfare, Housing and homeless services, Child Protection, Gardaí, Legal Aid, St. Vincent de Paul and many others.

Court Accompaniment Service

We can:

  • Support you in court on matters relating to domestic violence, maintenance, child access, separation and divorce.
  • Give you a clear understanding of the procedures of court.
  • Accompany you to appointments with solicitors at your request.
  • Explain the different court orders to you.
  • Explain what is required of you by the Courts when Orders are granted.
  • Provide on-going service to you throughout your court history and follow-up.

We do not provide legal advice or counselling services.

Other Services

  • We run a Personal Development group for women to support their recovery and rebuild their self-esteem.
  • We also deliver a Healthy Relationships programme for Transition Year students, girls and boys to promote self-esteem, help them identify abusive behaviour and signpost services. The sessions are interactive and engaging for the young people, promoting discussion and reflective learning.
  • We are part of the interagency group-work programme TLC Kidz,  hosted by Barnardos, for children and mothers who have been exposed to domestic abuse.
  • We are part of the North Tipperary Local Area Network, Safe Ireland, and the Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women.
  • Own My Life Courses: The Own My Life course is run by Ascend as an innovative, creative and educational course for women. It supports women in regaining ownership of their lives when they have been subjected to abuse. This is done through short videos, structured discussions, group and individual activities, and a comprehensive learning journal. Phone 087-9501299 for more info for our next course.

Contact Us

Helpline: 0505-23999

Coordinator: 087-9501299

E-mail: ascend@ntdc.ie

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AscendDomesticAbuse/ or CLICK HERE

Twitter : https://twitter.com/AscendAbuse or CLICK HERE 

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ascend_domesticabuse/ or CLICK HERE

Service User Feedback Form

We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to share your experience with us.

Please click here to fill in a service user feedback form

Your feedback helps us improve our ability to provide you with the best service possible. Thank you!

Current Vacancies


NTDC invites applications for a Manager who will have responsibility for the day to day management of Ascend – the Domestic Abuse Service for North Tipperary. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to manage a well-established and highly regarded service which has a strong and dedicated staff team.

The appointee will be responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the Service and the quality of the supports offered. S/he will be responsible for providing supervision and support for staff in relation to the work and their ongoing professional development. S/he will also work as part of the wider management team within NTDC and contribute to the ongoing development of the wider organisation.


The successful candidate must meet the criteria of the job specification including:

  • At least a Level 8 professional qualification in a relevant area (e.g., psychology, social work, social care, counselling). Qualification must be approved by a relevant registration body.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a relevant social care/ counselling setting
  • At least 2 years’ project management/ staff management experience.
  • At least 3 years’ experience of working one-to-one with vulnerable service users in a supportive/key working role.
  • Experience of working one to one with service users who have experienced domestic abuse.



Full-time position – working 35 hours per week. The is initially a fixed term contract until 31st December 2026.  The continuation of the contract is subject to continued need for the service and continued availability of funding. The Ascend Service has been in operation since 2002 and has received consistently annual rollover statutory funding during that time.


The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience based on a salary scale of €52,557 – €64,212.  Short-listing of candidates may apply.  A panel may be formed from which future positions may be filled. Garda/police vetting will apply to this post. Informal enquiries to mmurray@ntdc.ie


Closing date and time: Monday 25th September 2023 by 12noon.

 For an application form and job description please visit our web-site:     http://www.ntdc.ie/programmes/ascend/

Application Form – Manager of Ascend Domestic Abuse Service

Guidelines For Candidates- Ascend Domestic Abuse Manager 23

Job Description – Manager – Ascend Domestic Abuse Service – Final

Ascend Domestic Abuse Service for Women, North Tipperary

Tipp FM Campaign 2021: Domestic Abuse in 3rd Lockdown

Coercive Control Webinar with Dr. Emma Katz 2021

To mark the 16 Days of Action which starts on the 25th November 2021, Ascend NTDC and the Barnardos TLC KIDZ Project (North Tipperary) were delighted to host a webinar on Coercive Control with Dr. Emma Katz. 

The Prevention, Partnership & Family Support Dept., Tusla were also present to speak about their experiences and to show ways to identify and support victims through this.

Upcoming Webinar: Growing Up in a Porn Culture with Dr. Gail Dines

April 6th 2022 | 8.00pm-9.30pm | Click HERE to register

For more information on Dr. Gail Dines, click HERE.

Literature and Forms

Please find our literature and forms available to download below:

Ascend Service User Feedback Form


Consent Form 2020

Ascend Annual Report 2022

Domestic Violence Court Orders

Ascend- Signs of an unhealthy relationship leaflet for young people

Ascend- Leaflet

Ascend- Managing access safely for you and your child

Ascend- Poster

Ascend- Primary School teacher information guide


Ascend- Safety Plan

Leaflet Domestic violence court orders 2019

NTDC.POL.0011 Complaints Policy