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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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Domestic Violence Coalition Day 10: Mary’s Story

Posted on December 04, 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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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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Stand up against gender-based violence Conference

Posted on December 03, 2013

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Amnesty International Ireland is hosting the conference Stand up against gender-based violence. Focusing on the case of Miriam Lopez, delegates will hear from gender-based violence experts including Niamh Reilly (NUIG), Helen Mortimer (Rape Crisis Centre) and Sara Bertotti (Amnesty International).

In February 2011, Miriam Lopez was grabbed by two men wearing balaclavas. For the following week she was raped repeatedly by soldiers, until she signed a statement falsely implicating herself in drug offences. She was sent to prison to await trial, but was released without charge seven months later.

Despite the fact that Miriam has identified some of the perpetrators and their accomplices, no one has been brought to justice for the torture she endured.
Click here to take action for Miriam

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Domestic Violence Coalition Day 9: Nicole’s Story

Posted on December 03, 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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Debate: Should we turn off the red light?

Posted on December 03, 2013

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Comhlámh is hosting a debate during the 16 Days posing the question, Should we turn off the Red Light?

"In the Global South, prostitution / sex work is most often associated as a survival strategy for women living lives of poverty, marginalization and violence. But can it be a legitimate lifestyle choice in the Global North and in particular Ireland?

What will the approach to criminalise the buyer and to decriminalize the seller of sex, mean for women engaged in sex work in Ireland? Will it ensure greater protection for women or will it simply further stigmatise an already vulnerable population?"

The panelists include:

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And They Tell me Life is Good, They Tell Me to Live it Gently Exhibition & Conference

Posted on December 03, 2013

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The Board of the National College of Art and Design in association with The Family Resource Centre, St. Michael’s Estate, Dublin and the Irish Museum of Modern Art invite you to preview the exhibition

And They Tell me Life is Good, They Tell Me to Live it Gently*
An Exhibition and Conference on the issue of violence against women

Opened by broadcaster Olivia O’Leary on Thursday 28th November 2013, 5.30pm
NCAD GalleryOpen 1 - 5pm Mon - Fri 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
Tel +353 1 6364390 E gallery@staff.ncad.ie

The exhibition continues Friday 29th November until Tuesday 10th December 2013

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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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Awareness raising seminar on sexual violence in DR Congo

Posted on December 02, 2013

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To Mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and Human Rights Day, AkiDwA in-conjunction with Congolese Women Group and Wezesha LTD, are organising an awareness raising seminar, "40 Women Raped Daily in DR Congo, End Decades of Rape NOW!", at the Irish Aid Volunteering Centre, 27 – 31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 on 10th December 2013, 4pm-7pm.

“Despite the cries of the women in D.R. Congo, despite the work of brave doctors giving their lives to perform day-long operations on the raped bodies of women, despite local activists and survivors of rape working with their hearts to change the situation, No one stopping it or offering a viable alternative that protects the civilian population rather than destroying it”.

 

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Domestic Violence Coalition Day 8: Florence’s Story

Posted on December 02, 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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