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Women’s Aid Petition Urging Action on Measures to protect children in domestic violence situations.

Posted on December 02, 2017

Linda Smith and Margaret Martin from Women's Aid and Norah Casey outside the Department of Justice and Equality.

Yesterday, 1st December 2017, Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid and Linda Smith, the manager of the 24hr National Freephone Helpline were joined by Norah Casey to present a petition to the Minister of Justice Charlie Flanagan.  The petition urges action on measures to protection children in domestic violence situations. 

On Day 7 and 8 of our national 16 Days of Action campaign we focus on children and the impact of domestic violence.  The link between child abuse and domestic violence has been clearly established with domestic violence being a very common context in which child abuse takes place. It has also been found that the more severe the domestic violence, the more severe the abuse of children in the same context.

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Guest Blog Post: "It is, simply, a form of child abuse" - June Tinsley, Barnardos.

Posted on December 02, 2017

June Tinsley

On Day 8 of the Women's Aid 16 Days of Action, June Tinsley, June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy, Barnardos writes about how domestic violence affects the children and families they work with each day across Ireland.

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Day 8: Children See Abuse

Posted on December 02, 2017

Day 8 Children See Abuse

It's day 8 of 16 Days and we further explore domestic violence and children.  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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"Some of the worst experiences happened when he would use our little son." - Maura

Posted on December 01, 2017


"Before my marriage, there had been a few minor incidents that he explained away, by saying I had  misunderstood him. I believed him, because it made sense and the alternative would have been too crazy. After the marriage,  it took two weeks before he showed me his real self. I was not ready to recognise it though. What happened shocked me so badly that it took another 10 years before I even remembered it. 

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Day 7: Children are abused

Posted on December 01, 2017

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 2016, there were 3,823 disclosures of child abuse to the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline.

This figure includes 3,558 disclosures of emotional abuse and 183 disclosures where children were physically or sexually abused by the perpetrator of their mother’s abuse. It also includes 82 disclosures of where children were being abused during access visits and 18 disclosures of child abduction in the context of domestic violence.

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Permanent link | Categories: 16 facts for 16 daysDay 71st December 2017

"You get to a point where you think you can take it..." - Clare

Posted on November 30, 2017


"One time he dragged me in to the apartment by my hair. It was one of the few times that I fought back. I kicked him, but that just shocked and angered him even more. "Kick me, will ye?!" he shouted and responded with kicking me in the back of the head. I managed to get away from him and ran in to the bathroom. He tried to come in after me. I told him that I was seriously hurt and that my head was bleeding. This worried him and he kept trying to get in to the bathroom. He insisted I show him the blood, he wanted to see proof. That was out of fear for himself, not out of sympathy for me.

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Day 6: Domestic abuse takes many forms

Posted on November 30, 2017

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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"He used to tell me that I was exaggerating because he wouldn't hit me everyday." - Kate

Posted on November 29, 2017


Kate adds her testimony to the Women's Voices series during the 16 Days of Action Campaign. 

"I never thought it was bad enough to go seek help from Women's Aid. I thought, I'm not one of those women, there are other women that are much worse off than me. I was wrong. I was one of those women and realising it was a turning point.  He used to choke me and shake me, but he never punched me, and to him this proved he wasn't abusive.

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Day 5: Domestic violence is hidden everywhere

Posted on November 29, 2017


The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) responds to over 44 calls each day. 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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Permanent link | Categories: 16 Facts for 16 Days29th November 2017Day 5

"My daughter’s third birthday was the following day, and I discharged myself from hospital to help her blow out her candles" - Jessica

Posted on November 28, 2017


As part of our Women's Voices campaign, Jessica writes about her experience of domestic abuse, surviving emotional and physical abuse and the life changing support from Women's Aid.

I can’t believe I stayed with Jonathan for so long. Even more so than the physical violence, the mental element was the worst. Definitely. You get stripped apart by the mental torture. Having three kids by myself now is hard, but it’s easier than when I was with him. They are happy and safe, which is what they deserve. I have normal worries now, just the same as everyone else. I have a great life.

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