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Day 4: One in Five women experience some form of domestic abuse in Ireland

Posted on November 28, 2017

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One in Five Women in Ireland will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. Domestic abuse can affect any woman and can happen in any home. This means that every day in Ireland, women are beaten, hospitalised and can have ongoing and long-term physical and mental health issues. Every day, women are raped, sexually abused and have no freedom to negotiate a safe and respectful sexual relationship. Women are isolated from supports and from family and friends, and emotional abuse often means that women are trapped in their own home by those closest to them.

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"When speaking out your voice can sound alien, even to you." - Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill

Posted on November 27, 2017

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In the first part of the Women's Voices series for the 16 Days 2017 campaign, Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill, an activist for improved services and awareness around issues of domestic and sexual abuse, writes about how speaking out about experiences of sexual and domestic violence can be a scary but life altering experience.

“Why didn’t you tell me sooner?”

“I didn’t know how bad it got for you, why didn’t you say something?”

Abuse and violence are often described as ‘unspeakable acts’ but who deemed them to be unspeakbale in the first place? I don’t think it was the people who had such horror enacted on them.

Silence can be broken in a myriad of ways

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Women's Voices Series 16 Days 2017

Posted on November 27, 2017

Women's Voices

During the 16 Days Campaign 2017, Women's Aid will share a number of short extracts from our Women's Voices series featuring individual stories from survivors of domestic abuse in Ireland. Each woman tells her story anonymously, sharing her own unique personal experience of the abuse she suffered. By telling their stories, the survivors hope that those in similar situations reach out, ask for help and seek support.  We thank the women for sharing their experiences with us - it is a privilege to hear them.

If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing domestic violence please contact the Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900, 7 days a week. Listening. Believing. Supporting.

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Day 3: 1 in every 2 women are killed by their current or former partners

Posted on November 27, 2017

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On Day 3 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign, Women's Aid highlight the links between femicide and domsetic violence.  Our Femicide Watch 2017 shows that a woman in Ireland is more likely to be killed in her own home and by a current or former boyfriend, partner or husband.

The report reveals that since the beginning of 1996, 216 women have died violently in the Republic of Ireland. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers. 137 women (63%) were killed in their own homes.

Of the 171 (79%) cases that have been resolved (through the courts or in cases of murder-suicide) 95 women (56%) were murdered by a current or former male intimate partner. 

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Day 2: Men's Violence is Killing Women

Posted on November 26, 2017

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On the 24th November 2017, Women’s Aid launched a new report ‘Femicide Watch 2017’. The Femicide Watch Report is the culmination of 21 years of the Women’s Aid Femicide Monitoring Project. Since 1996, Women’s Aid has, using newspaper records, charted and highlighted violent deaths where the victims are female in the Republic of Ireland.

Our femicide watch records that 216 women have died violently since the beginning of 1996. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers.

We published our Femicide Watch Report after 21 years to pause, and to remember and reflect, on the lives lost to male violence. Each woman murdered is an outrage. An absolute brutal loss of life. There is no greater violation of a woman’s human rights than the right to life itself.

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Day 1: Remembering Women and Children who have died violently in Ireland

Posted on November 25, 2017

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Yesterday, Women’s Aid launched a new report ‘Femicide Watch 2017 (Republic of Ireland)’.  The report outlines details of eight women who have died violently in the Republic of Ireland this year.  Six women were killed in their own homes.  This year has also seen 6 murder trials before the courts relating to the murder of women.  The 2017 Report builds on the work of the Women’s Aid Femicide Monitoring Project which started in 1996.  Since then, using newspaper records, the organisation has charted violent deaths where the victims are female.  The Femicide Watch 2017 shows that women are more likely to be killed in their own homes and by someone known to them.  In over half of all cases, women were killed by a man that they had a current or previous intimate relationship with.  The 2017 report also shows that in cases of manslaughter, intimate partners are more likely to serve 3 years less in prison that other men who kill women.   

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Details of Women's Aid Change the Conversation 16 Days Campaign

Posted on October 12, 2017

Change the Conversation

Every year, the International 16 Days of Action campaign provides an important opportunity to raise awareness of domestic violence and call for changes at international, national and local level to make women and children safe from abuse. 

In Ireland, over 100 groups and individuals organise local and national events and actions to show solidarity with and support to women and children experiencing domestic violence in our communities.  Will you join us this year?

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Day 16: Our Women's Voices Series

Posted on December 10, 2016

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One of the most powerful ways to communicate the reality of domestic violence is through the words of a woman survivor of violence. Women’s stories of overcoming domestic abuse are extremely powerful. Personal testimonies can empower women to speak about the domestic violence that they have experienced in the past, empower women currently experiencing domestic violence to break their silence and seek support and advocate for better services, awareness and understanding of domestic violence.

Last year, Women’s Aid started our ground breaking ‘Testimonies’ Project to amplify women’s voices in order to build better awareness and understanding of the complexities of domestic violence. As part of this project, Women’s Aid launched a new ‘Women’s Voices’ video during the summer.

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"...I was two months pregnant and he beat me. A couple of days later, I lost the baby." - Nina

Posted on December 09, 2016

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"I was two months pregnant and he beat me. A couple of days later, I lost the baby and he said to me, 'You must not have taken care of the baby properly. That's why you miscarried.' What a thing to say to a woman.

As always, all the blame was on me, but it wasn't my fault, I tried to protect us. I lost a second child a couple of years later.

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

Posted on December 08, 2016

"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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