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Domestic Violence Coalition Day 15: Liwei’s Story

Posted on December 09, 2013

The Domestic Violence Coalition addresses additional barriers to seeking help and escaping domestic abuse faced by migrant women in Ireland. Each day of the 16 Days of Action, the Domestic Violence Coalition is sharing one woman's story, to illustrate the issues which we address.

The Coalition is made up of the following organisations: Womens Aid, Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Doras Luimní, Nasc – the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service Sligo, Akidwa, Longford Women’s Link, Sonas Housing, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Ascend Domestic Abuse Service.

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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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Domestic Violence Coalition Day 14: April's Story

Posted on December 08, 2013

The Domestic Violence Coalition addresses additional barriers to seeking help and escaping domestic abuse faced by migrant women in Ireland. Each day of the 16 Days of Action, the Domestic Violence Coalition is sharing one woman's story, to illustrate the issues which we address.

The Coalition is made up of the following organisations: Womens Aid, Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Doras Luimní, Nasc – the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service Sligo, Akidwa, Longford Women’s Link, Sonas Housing, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Ascend Domestic Abuse Service.

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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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Domestic Violence Coalition Day 13: Beatrice's Story

Posted on December 07, 2013

The Domestic Violence Coalition addresses additional barriers to seeking help and escaping domestic abuse faced by migrant women in Ireland. Each day of the 16 Days of Action, the Domestic Violence Coalition is sharing one woman's story, to illustrate the issues which we address.

The Coalition is made up of the following organisations: Womens Aid, Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Doras Luimní, Nasc – the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service Sligo, Akidwa, Longford Women’s Link, Sonas Housing, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Ascend Domestic Abuse Service.

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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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Domestic Violence Coalition Day 12: Natalia’s Story

Posted on December 06, 2013

The Domestic Violence Coalition addresses additional barriers to seeking help and escaping domestic abuse faced by migrant women in Ireland. Each day of the 16 Days of Action, the Domestic Violence Coalition is sharing one woman's story, to illustrate the issues which we address.

The Coalition is made up of the following organisations: Womens Aid, Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Doras Luimní, Nasc – the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service Sligo, Akidwa, Longford Women’s Link, Sonas Housing, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Ascend Domestic Abuse Service.

You can read Natalia’s story below.

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An Garda Siochana voices support for women experiencing abuse during the 16 Days

Posted on December 06, 2013

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Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan supports the 16 Days of Action campaign with this message:

"An Garda Siochana is happy to again support the ongoing work of Women's Aid and other such agencies working in this difficult area and is delighted that the topic of violence against women is being highlighted in the run up to Christmas which unfortunately is a time when incidents of domestic violence can increase.

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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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Domestic Violence Coalition Day 11: Jan’s Story

Posted on December 05, 2013

The Domestic Violence Coalition addresses additional barriers to seeking help and escaping domestic abuse faced by migrant women in Ireland. Each day of the 16 Days of Action, the Domestic Violence Coalition is sharing one woman's story, to illustrate the issues which we address.

The Coalition is made up of the following organisations: Womens Aid, Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Doras Luimní, Nasc – the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service Sligo, Akidwa, Longford Women’s Link, Sonas Housing, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Ascend Domestic Abuse Service.

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