Please find the video recording and audio recording from the SWAAT research Launch here:

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S.W.A.A.T. Initiative – Supporting Women to Access Appropriate Treatment

S.W.A.A.T. (Supporting Women to Access Appropriate Treatment) is an initiative to strengthen local service provider’s capacity to respond to the needs of women impacted by substance use.

The S.W.A.A.T. project offers supports to young women and mothers impacted by substance use, local service providers, and the wider community in Ballyfermot and Tallaght. 

S.W.A.A.T. is ran by Ballyfermot STAR GCL and supported by Tallaght & Ballyfermot Local Drug and Alcohol Task Forces.

 This initiative aims to strengthen local service provider’s capacity to respond to the needs of women impacted by substance use. This project aims to reduce stigma associated with women’s help seeking for issues relating to substance use and to signpost women to appropriate services and support networks. The S.W.A.A.T. Project will provide clear communication to women about services that are available to them and improve outcomes for women in the local community.

Covid19 Child Protection, Care & Domestic Violence response services continue throughout Level 5

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence it is important that you know you are not alone.

Remember that services are there to listen and support you no matter what the situation involves, including the use of substances

Resources from Women’s Aid Seminar

Documents Published by Women’s Aid

Femicide Factsheet 2020 –

16 Facts for 16 Days 2020 –

Rapid Assessment and Community Response to Suicide in Dublin South Research

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The HSE National Office of Suicide Prevention appointed S3 Solutions Ltd to carry out a rapid assessment of the current situation regarding suicide within the Ballyfermot community. S3 Solutions completed the research in August 2020 and the community was invited to hear about the research and its findings. The launch of this report took place on Wednesday, 21st October 2020.

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Read the executive summary and recommendations here:

Click here to watch the webinar launch of this report:

We Can Quit is a friendly and supportive 12 week free smoking cessation program for Women in Ballyfermot.

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S.W.A.A.T. (Supporting Women to Access Appropriate Treatment) Research Launch

S.W.A.A.T. is a National Drugs Strategy Strand 2 Strategic Health Initiative which aims to build community capacity to support women to access treatment and recovery from drug and alcohol use.

This Report was launched by Minister Frank Feighan via Zoom on Thursday, 20th May 2021 at 11am

This webinar shared the key findings and recommendations from the research ; “Supporting Women to Access appropriate Treatment; Tallaght & Ballyfermot” conducted by Professor Jo-Hanna Ivers & team, IPH, Trinity College Dublin .


Minister Frank Feighen

Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy

Professor Jo-Hanna Ivers

Professor Jo-Hanna Ivers is an Assistant Professor in Addiction. She leads the Neurobehavioral Addiction Group at the Discipline of Public Health & Primary Care at the Institute of Population Health, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. Jo-Hanna has worked as a researcher in the Discipline of Public Health & Primary Care as part of a broader addiction team since 2009. During this time she has completed several large-scale addiction studies including the evaluation of the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework. Jo-Hanna has specific training and extensive experience in a wide range of research methodologies including qualitative, quantitative, neuro behavioural processes, biopsychosocial intervention, and outcome evaluation. She has published in a number of high-impact international peer-reviewed journals and has extensive experience of addiction treatment. Prior to research, Jo-Hanna worked in frontline addiction services.

Professor David Best

Dr. Best is Professor of Criminology at the University of Derby and Honorary Professor of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University. He is also chair of the Prisons Research Network of the British Society of Criminology. Trained as a psychologist and criminologist, he has worked in practice, research and policy in the areas of addiction recovery and rehabilitation of offenders. He has authored or co-edited seven books on addiction recovery and desistance from offending and has written more than 200 peer-reviewed journal publications and around 70 book chapters and technical reports. In 2019, he has produced a monograph entitled “Pathways to Desistance and Recovery: The role of the social contagion of hope” (Policy Press) and a co-edited volume entitled “Strength-based approaches to crime and substance use” (Routledge). He currently leads a longitudinal research study into pathways to recovery by gender in Scotland, England, Belgium, and the Netherlands. His research interests include recovery pathways, recovery capital and its measurement, social identity theory and its implications for recovery, recovery and desistance, addiction treatment effectiveness particularly in prison settings, prison and community connections, and family experiences of addiction and recovery.

Denise Joy

Supporting Women to Access Appropriate Treatment Co-ordinator.

Niamh McGuinness

Senior Development Officer, Tallaght Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force

Clara Geaney

Coordinator, Ballyfermot Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

Read the full research report here