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Day 7: Children are abused

Posted on December 01, 2015

Day 7

Domestic violence continues to be a very common context in which children experience abuse, with the abuser of the mother being the abuser of the children. Research shows that the more severe the domestic violence is against the mother, the higher the risk of abuse against the children in the home.

In 2014, there were 5,786 disclosures of child abuse to the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline.

5,453 disclosures of emotional abuse and 248 disclosures where children were physically or sexually abused by the perpetrator of their mother’s abuse. In addition, there were 72 disclosures where children were abused during access visits and 13 disclosures of child abduction in the context of domestic violence.

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Day 6: Domestic Violence is hidden everywhere

Posted on November 30, 2015

Day 6

The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) responds to over 11,000 calls every year. This figure is shocking but we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg. National research conducted by the National Crime Council in 2005 on domestic abuse in Ireland found that only a small percentage of the women surveyed had accessed support from a Helpline or support service. The same research found that 1 in 7 women or approximately 213,000 have suffered severe domestic violence.

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Women's Voices Video - Listen to women sharing their experiences of domestic abuse.

Posted on November 29, 2015

Women's Voices

During the summer we produced a video, Women's Voices. This video features women sharing their experiences of domestic abuse.

Please watch and share this video, we hope that it will help women to recognise abusive behaviour and know that they are not alone.

You can watch the video here

If you need support, call our National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900, operating 10am to 10pm, seven days a week.

www.womensaid.ie

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Day 5: Domestic violence comes in many, often overlapping forms.

Posted on November 29, 2015

Day 6

Domestic abuse is not a once off event, but rather a pattern which escalates over time, and includes multiple forms of abuse: emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse.

We often hear from women that what felt like positive attention and attentiveness at the beginning of a relationship, turned into negative, controlling behaviour as the relationship became more established and it was harder to leave.

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Day 4: One in every two women murdered in Ireland are killed by a partner or ex.

Posted on November 28, 2015

Day 4

Of the 209 women murdered in Ireland since 1996, 86 women (55% of resolved cases) were killed by those closest to them - a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend. That is 1 in every 2 women killed in Ireland by a current or former intimate partner where the case has been resolved. 11 children were murdered alongside their mother.  Each woman leaves behind devastated family, friends and in many cases, children.

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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Message of Support, Tánaiste Joan Burton

Posted on November 27, 2015

Joan Burton

On Day 3 of the Women's Aid One in Five Women Campaign during the International 16 Days of Action, Tánaiste Joan Burton shares a message of support:

"During the time I spent in Africa, later as Minister with responsibility for Development Co-operation and Overseas Aid and currently as Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection in Ireland I am constantly reminded of the invaluable support that organisations such as Women’s Aid provide to women and their children living in very difficult situations because of violence. Violence against women is a human rights abuse and a crime that must not be tolerated. 

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Day 3: 209 women have been murdered in Ireland since 1996.

Posted on November 27, 2015

Day 3

209 women murdered since 1996

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.

Our most recent data shows that 209 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.  

13 children have been murdered alongside their mothers.

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Message of Support, President Michael D Higgins

Posted on November 26, 2015

President Michael D Higgins welcomes Women's Aid to the Aras to mark 40 years - President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina help staff, volunteers and board members of Women's Aid celebrate our 40 years anniversary last year.
President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina help staff, volunteers and board members of Women's Aid celebrate our 40 years anniversary last year.

On Day 2 of the Women's Aid One in Five Women Campaign during the International 16 Days of Action, President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, shares a message of support:

"I would like to send my best wishes to Women's Aid as they participate in the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women. This is an important initiative which expresses solidarity with the many women, both at home and abroad, who are subjected to aggression and cruelty. I thank and commend you for demonstrating Ireland's support for female victims of violence by partaking in this action. I wish you continued success with your important work."

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Day 2: Digital Abuse of Women in Intimate Relationships

Posted on November 26, 2015

Day 2

Yesterday, Wednesday 25th November 2015, Women’s Aid shone a light on the issue of digital abuse of women in intimate relationship at a national conference at Wood Quay in Dublin.  The event heard from Irish experts on the nature and extent of digital abuse in Ireland and legislative gaps including Margaret Martin from Women’s Aid, Pauline Walley SC and also the Garda Commissioner, Noírín O’Sullivan. It also heard from Ann Moulds, , a Scottish campaigner who was previously a victim of stalking.  The Women’s Aid conference was organised to address this growing phenomenon of digital abuse and to learn from best practice approaches in other jurisdictions. 

 Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid, told the 120+ strong audience:  

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Message of Support, Noírín O'Sullivan, Commissioner, An Garda Síochána

Posted on November 25, 2015

Noirin O'Sullivan

I’m delighted to provide a message of support for this year’s ’16 Days of Action’ campaign.  The campaign draws attention to some of the most pressing current challenges in preventing and responding to domestic violence against women.  Domestic violence as a descriptor can often seem a woefully inadequate term. We are not just talking about isolated incidents of physical violence.

 We need to remember that it also encompasses ongoing cases of psychological intimidation, and the shattering of confidence and emotional strength.

It destroys people’s lives.

It destroys people’s well-being.

The campaign is needed in order to fight back against a trauma that is often suffered in isolation, and is an all too intensely personal one.

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