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WAVE Trauma Centre (HIA)

Supporting Survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse

On the 1st December 2020, WAVE Trauma Centre together with the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS), launched a new service dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA).

The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019 was enacted for anyone who has suffered abuse as a child whilst resident in an institution in Northern Ireland at any time between 1922 and 1995 (inclusive). 

WAVE Trauma Centre (HIA) and Advice NI will deliver a range of support and bespoke services across Northern Ireland (NI) and will also ensure that survivors living outside of NI have access to the support and services that they need.  This will include dedicated Outreach and Health and Wellbeing support and services, Counselling/Psychotherapy, Complementary therapies, disability aids and persistent pain frameworks and a range of other social support as well as Welfare Advice.

Services have been designed with HIA groups and others to ensure that they are client-led, readily accessible and responsive to the needs of survivors.

WAVE Trauma Centre (HIA) staff are here to help and support you, so please contact us at:

Contact us

Call us on
9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.30pm Friday

Email us at:

WAVE Trauma Centre Website

Advice NI (for Welfare Advice only)
028 9064 5919

WAVE Trauma Centre- Armagh

15 Abbey Street
Co. Armagh
BT61 7DX
028 3751 1599

WAVE Trauma Centre- Belfast

5 Chichester Park South
Co. Antrim
BT15 5DW
028 9077 9922

WAVE Trauma Centre- Ballymoney

13 Castlecroft
Main Street
Co. Antrim
BT53 6TD
028 2766 9900

WAVE Trauma Centre- Derry/ Londonderry

1st Floor
25-31 The Diamond
Co. Derry
BT48 6HP
028 7126 6655

WAVE Trauma Centre – Omagh

WAVE Trauma Centre
Holmlea House
2 Retreat Close
BT79 0HW
028 8225 2522


Rosie Smyth – Lead Health & Wellbeing Caseworker
Joy McFarland – Health & Wellbeing Caseworker
Leann Harris – Outreach Caseworker
Seaneen Stilges – Outreach Caseworker
Sarah Kay – Welfare Rights Officer
Paris Dunlop – Administrator