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Change the Conversation during the 16 Days of Action - Postcard Series

Posted on November 28, 2016

No woman ever deserves abuse

During the 16 Days of Action 2016, Women's Aid challenges some commonly held myths to build a deeper understanding of domestic violence.

There are many myths and much misinformation surrounding the issue of domestic violence. This can cause confusion and make a difficult situation worse for women who are affected by domestic violence. If we do not challenge such myths then society will not be able to respond effectively and protect women and their children from abuse.

Myths also encourage a victim blaming response to domestic violence while reinforcing the beliefs of abusive men.

Our #ChangetheConversation campaign turns some of the most common myths about domestic violence on their head and tell the reality for women experiencing domestic violence.

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Day 4: 54% of women killed in Ireland are killed by a partner or ex-partner

Posted on November 28, 2016

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On Day 4 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign, Women's Aid highlight the links between femicide and domsetic violence.  Our Femicide Watch 1996 - 2016 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, 209 women have died violently in the Republic of Ireland. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers. 131 women (63%) were killed in their own homes.

Where the cases have been resolved (through the courts or in cases of murder-suicide) 89 women (54%) were murdered by a current or former male intimate partner. 

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Day 3: 209 women have died violently in Ireland since 1996

Posted on November 27, 2016

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On Friday, Women’s Aid launched a new report ‘Behind Closed Doors: Femicide Watch 1996 – 2016’. The Femicide Watch Report is the culmination of 20 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 209 women have died violently since the beginning of 1996. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers.

3710-162We published our Femicide Watch Report after 20 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 2: 41% of abused women experience stalking and harassment online

Posted on November 26, 2016

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Digital abuse in intimate relationships is real and it is harmful. We have long been concerned about disclosures of digital abuse made to our National Freephone Helpline and other services.  In 2015, we took a snapshot of the issue in our National Freephone Helpline and One to One services and we recorded 293 disclosures of digital abuse. While the Women’s Aid snapshot is a small number of cases, we know that the phenomenon is real and growing year on year, especially for younger women.

A recent EU wide study on violence against women showed that 12% of Irish women and girls over the age of 15 had experienced stalking with 50% being stalked, physically and online, by a partner or ex (FRA, 2014).

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Day 1: One in Five Women are affected by domestic violence

Posted on November 25, 2016

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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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The Women's Aid Femicide Watch Report 1996-2016

Posted on November 25, 2016

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Today, Women’s Aid launches a new report ‘Behind Closed Doors: Femicide Watch 1996 – 2016’.  The Femicide Watch Report is the culmination of 20 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.  

We are launching the report at a seminar today to mark the UN Day Opposing Violence against Women (25th November 2016) and will lead a nationwide moment of remembrance for the 209 women who have died violently over the past 20 years.  We remember too the 16 children who were killed alongside their mothers.

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Women's Aid announces theme for the 16 Days of Action Campaign for 2016

Posted on October 10, 2016

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Women's Aid has announced details of our 16 Days of Action campaign for 2016. This year our theme will be Change the Conversation and we encourage local and national action to challenge the victim blaming culture that surrounds domestic abuse in Irish society. Our campaign will also bring survivors' voice to the fore to our awareness raising activities during this important campaign.

DOMESTIC ABUSE IN IRELAND

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The Fight Against Digital Abuse: The View from the US by Mary Anne Franks

Posted on December 15, 2015

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This piece is based on a presentation Mary Anne Franks was set to deliver at our Digital Abuse of Women conference on 25th November 2015.  Unfortunately due to technical difficulties this didn't happen on the day.  However, we are pleased that Mary Anne has written this article to share her expertise and learning on the issue of online abuse of women.

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Guest blog post: What 16 Days of Action Means to Me

Posted on December 10, 2015

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by Michali Hyams, a women's rights activist currently on work placement with the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence.

Through my studies I got the opportunity to do a work placement with the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (ICGBV). Each step of the way, I learned and grew from the experiences and wisdom of the wonderful women who worked beside me, who inspired me and who mentored me. Activism and advocating for women’s rights is now my full time job and it’s not a job you can leave at the door at 5pm.

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Day 16: Watch and Share the Women's Voices Video

Posted on December 10, 2015

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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.

In 2015, 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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