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Take action online: watch and share Lisa's story

Posted on December 05, 2014

Women's Aid OneinFiveWomen campaign video

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 Eleven: Abuse increases health risks

Posted on December 05, 2014

Day 11

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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Message of Support: Louise Riordan, The Y Factor

Posted on December 04, 2014

The Y Factor Blog Louise Riordan

Sometimes, it seems that all women need to do is leave the house and they’re somehow “asking for it.” The “it” in this case can be anything from being told by men to smile, to being cat-called, groped, assaulted, raped or even killed. You could be forgiven for assuming that women leave the house solely for men’s pleasure and amusement, and that men are damn right to get angry when they’re called out for their behaviour. Boys will be boys, and all that nonsense.

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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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Remembering Stolen Lives - Ciara

Posted on December 03, 2014

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Ciara Ní Chathmhaoil was 22 when she was murdered in November 2007.  The young woman was found with multiple stab wounds in the bathroom of her home.  Her 4 year old son was in the house at the time.  Ciara was originally from Belfast but had been living in Carlow for the previous 8 months.  She was taking part in a ‘moving on’ programme from young lone mothers in the local community centre.  She was described by local people as a devoted mother and a fantastic person. 

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Message of Support: Sam Coulter Smith, Master, Rotunda Hospital

Posted on December 03, 2014

sam coulter smith

"I am delighted to support Women's Aid International 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women. Violence against women is to be deplored in all its forms and any campaign which highlights the issue of violence against women should be supported. Unfortunately violence against women is something that can and does occur in pregnancy and it is up to all of us who work in the health care services to do our best to encourage women to come forward and seek help when this occurs."

Today, day nine of the 16 Days campaign, Women's Aid is focussing on the issue of pregnancy and domestic abuse.  Click here for more information.

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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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Guest blog post: Moving Beyond Fear - Prioritising safety for women and girls must be a global priority.

Posted on December 02, 2014

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By Deirdre Campbell, Co-ordinator, Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence

The Irish Consortium of Gender Based Violence (ICGBV) is an Irish based alliance of International human rights, humanitarian and development organisations, including International NGOs, Irish Aid and The Irish Defence Forces. Established in 2005 as a response to reports of ongoing and systematic sexual violence in the Darfur Region of Sudan, we work together to increase knowledge and understanding of gender-based violence and ensure high quality programming and policy responses.  We also build leadership to support our shared vision of a world free from gender-based violence. We strive to work together to tackle to root causes of gender-based violence that both cause and maintain this gendered crime, across both humanitarian and development contexts. 

Violating Human Rights

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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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Message of Support: Ombudsman for Children's Office

Posted on December 01, 2014


As the Ombudsman for Children's Office in Ireland we are constantly reminded of the necessity for organisations such as Women's Aid whose tireless efforts offer support and protection to not just women in difficult situations but also to their children.  

Children rely on adults to vindicate their rights and welfare and for most children it is their parents who are their principal advocates.  We wish Women's Aid well in their campaign to highlight the issue of domestic violence and the affect is has on both women and children.

For more information on the Ombudsman for Children's Office visit

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