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Like and share our facebook video to support the campaign

Posted on December 10, 2013

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One in Five women in Ireland experiences domestic abuse.  It can happen to any woman, in any home and at any stage of her life. 

As part of its annual ‘One in Five Women’ National Balloon Action during the International 16 Days of Action Women’s Aid has produced a video to give a snapshot of what this looks like, in one incident of emotional abuse for one woman. The video tells the story of Lisa who is suffering abuse from her partner, yet it has a positive message.  And you can be part of it.   

This video is a way you can support and show solidarity online with women experiencing domestic abuse. 

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135 groups support the 16 Days Campaign in Ireland

Posted on December 09, 2013

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In 2013, 135 groups in Ireland-women’s groups, student organisations, family resource centres, local development companies, partnerships, unions, women’s support services and others-have taken part in the 16 Days of Action. This sends a strong message across our communities that domestic violence is not acceptable.

Nearly 100 groups in 21 counties have taken part in the Women’s Aid One in Five Women National Balloon Action. For each organisation taking part, the balloons signal a place or a group where women will be met with listening, support, and information.

Women being told they are worthless and that nobody will believe them by their abuser, have heard that they are not alone, and that people in their communities understand and support them.

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Women's Aid: Making Women and Children Safe

Posted on December 08, 2013

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Women's Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974.

Women who have used the Women’s Aid Helpline and Support Services can say best what this support has meant to them:

 “I have lived with abuse for 34 years. I can’t express enough the dignity you gave me. You believed me and did not treat me like another number. I left your office feeling ten foot tall.” –Joy

From the Helpline Thank You Book:

A woman thanked us for being her lifesaver, saying that domestic violence doesn’t end on a Friday and our service is the only one that can help her when she needs to talk about what is going on at home.

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Women's Aid offers support in 170 different languages

Posted on December 07, 2013

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The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline is accessible to women in 170 different languages. The telephone interpretation service allows women with limited or no English experiencing domestic violence to access free, confidential telephone support.

The telephone interpretation service allows women who are often extremely isolated due to language barriers to access support.

It is provided by an accredited and professional interpreter service located outside the country, ensuring the confidentiality and anonymity of the service. The service is available throughout the normal opening hours of the helpline 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days per week.

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11,729 Helpline calls answered by Women's Aid last year

Posted on December 06, 2013

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In 2012, the Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline answered 11,729 calls from women, family, friends, and professionals seeking support for experiences of domestic violence. During these calls, 14,729 disclosures of abuse were made.

"I liked the anonymity. I started to say things I hadn't said to friends, family or anybody because I was so afraid of being judged. You listened and you believed me". -Rose, caller to the Helpline

The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline is a service for women experiencing emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse by a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend. We are also available for family, friends and professionals concerned about women living with domestic violence.

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53% of women murdered in Ireland since 1996 killed by their partner or ex-partner

Posted on December 05, 2013

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Out of the 194 women murdered in Ireland since 1996, 75 women (53% of resolved cases) were killed by those closest to them - a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend.

Threats to kills and attempts to kill are a common feature of domestic violence and leave many women living in a constant state of fear. The tragic reality is that some women pay the ultimate price of their lives.

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194 women murdered in Ireland since 1996

Posted on December 04, 2013

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Female homicide is the extreme end of the violence against women spectrum. To highlight this issue Women's Aid has been collating data on female homicide in Ireland since the beginning of 1996.

To date, 194 women have been died violently in the Republic of Ireland. That is an average of 12 women a year losing their lives in the most tragic and brutal circumstances. Each woman leaves behind devastated family, friends and in many cases, children.

Our statistics relating to resolved cases, show that women are more likely to be killed in their own homes than any other location (61%), that they most likely know their killer (89%) and that in 99% of cases the perpetrator was male.

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Domestic abuse increases health risks

Posted on December 03, 2013

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Women who have experienced domestic violence are at an increased risk of depression and suicide attempts; physical injuries; psychosomatic disorders; unwanted pregnancies; HIV and other STD's; being killed by a partner. (World Health Organisation, World Report on Violence and Health, 2002)

The effects of violence on a woman's health are severe. In addition to the immediate injuries from physical assault, women may suffer from chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, psychosomatic symptoms, and eating problems.

Emotional abuse can also have devastating health impacts. Domestic violence is associated with mental health problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. Some studies indicate that women experiencing abuse are at heightened risk for suicide.

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60% of abuse starts before age 25

Posted on December 02, 2013

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In a national survey on domestic violence in Ireland, almost 60% of people who were severely abused said that the abuse started when they were under 25 years old.

Women's Aid hears from young women when their relationship starts to feels unhealthy, often after something has happened that may have made women feel unsafe or uncomfortable. When it feels like he is just 'too into you'. We also hear from women who have been living with domestic violence for some time that the signs that their partners were possessive and controlling were there from the start. But to them and their family and friends, it appeared like they were just 'so into her'.

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1 in 8 women abused while pregnant

Posted on December 01, 2013

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No one ever deserves to be beaten, threatened, raped and insulted. However, nowhere is domestic violence more stark or disturbing than during pregnancy. Women's Aid is deeply concerned about the prevalence of abuse of women during pregnancy and the post natal period.

Pregnancy does not offer protection to domestic violence. In fact, international research has found that 30% of women who experience domestic violence are physically assaulted for the first time during pregnancy (Child Protection and Welfare Handbook, HSE, 2011).

The Rotunda Hospital conducted research which found that 1 in 8 women surveyed were being abused during their current pregnancy (O'Donnell et all, 2000).

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