Posts in the "16 Facts" category

Day Sixteen: Take action online - watch and share Lisa's story

Posted on December 10, 2014

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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 our 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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Day Fifteen: Over 130 Irish organisations support the 16 Days of Action

Posted on December 09, 2014

Day 15

On Tuesday 25th November 2014 Women’s Aid led a nationwide campaign in solidarity with the one in five women in Ireland who experience domestic abuse. The events marked the International Day Opposing Violence against Women and the start of the One in Five Women campaign. Over 130 organisations are taking part in Ireland to stand with abused women and children and in support of the all of the local organisations who work to support those affected by domestic abuse.

At the launch of the campaign, Women’s Aid highlighted the fact that one in every five women living in Ireland today experience abuse by their current or former boyfriends, husbands and partners.  Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid said,

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Day Fourteen: National Helpline Text Service for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Women

Posted on December 08, 2014

Day 14

For deaf or hard of hearing women experiencing domestic abuse, it can be even more difficult to seek support or to leave an abusive relationship. At Women’s Aid, we are committed to seeking solutions to overcome additional barriers to a deaf woman's escape. This year, Women’s Aid launched Irish Sign Language videos; these are an important step in ensuring that deaf or hard of hearing women have the same access to support as all women in situations of intimate partner violence.

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Day Thirteen: offering support in 170 languages

Posted on December 07, 2014

Day 13

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 10am-10pm, 7 days a week.

An example of the lifeline that the interpretation service provides comes from an early user of the service:

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Day Twelve: 17,254 calls answered by the National Freephone Helpine

Posted on December 06, 2014

Day 12

In 2013, the Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline answered 17,254 calls from women, family, friends, and professionals seeking support for experiences of domestic abuse. During these calls, 17,855 disclosures of abuse were made.

"I do not think I would have got through the past two years without the support from Women’s Aid and I know I it will get me through the difficult times still ahead.” - Louise

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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Day Eleven: Abuse increases health risks

Posted on December 05, 2014

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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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Day Ten: 60% of abuse starts before the age of 25

Posted on December 04, 2014

Day 10

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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Day Nine: 1 in 8 women abused during pregnancy

Posted on December 03, 2014

Day 9

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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Day Eight: Children need refuge space with their mothers

Posted on December 02, 2014

Day 8

In 2013, there were 2,052 admissions of women and 2,786 admissions of children to refuge in Ireland (Safe Ireland Statistics 2013).

However, on over 3,494 occasions, services were unable to accommodate women and their children because the refuge was full or there was no refuge in their area.

Studies of homelessness in Ireland continually cite domestic violence as a major reason for women and children becoming homeless in Ireland.

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Day Seven: Children see abuse

Posted on December 01, 2014

Day 7

The majority of children living in a home where domestic violence is present are affected by the abuse. Children are victims of domestic violence both when directly targeted by the perpetrator of abuse and when witnessing the violence directed at their mother. Research has shown that there is a connection between domestic violence and child abuse and that witnessing the abuse is in itself a form of emotional abuse. (Listening to Children: Children's Stories of Domestic Violence, Hogan, F. and O'Reilly M, Office of the Minister For Children, 2007)

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