Archive for 2015

Message of Support, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D.

Posted on December 02, 2015

Enda Kenny

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, supports the Women's Aid 16 Days campaign.

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Day 8: Children Witness Abuse

Posted on December 02, 2015

Day 8

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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Message of Support, Tusla - Child and Family Agency

Posted on December 01, 2015

Tusla

On Day 7 of the Women's Aid One in Five Women Campaign during the International 16 Days of Action, Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive Officer of Tusla, shares a message of support:

“People talk about the voice of the victim and as the Child and Family Agency, the voice of the child and of their families is central to our responses. But it shouldn’t be up to individual victims to repeatedly have to tell their stories to get responses.

We need scrutiny of what causes domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual abuse against boys and girls.

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Day 7: Children are abused

Posted on December 01, 2015

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 2014, there were 5,786 disclosures of child abuse to the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline.

5,453 disclosures of emotional abuse and 248 disclosures where children were physically or sexually abused by the perpetrator of their mother’s abuse. In addition, there were 72 disclosures where children were abused during access visits and 13 disclosures of child abduction in the context of domestic violence.

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Day 6: Domestic Violence is hidden everywhere

Posted on November 30, 2015

Day 6

The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) responds to over 11,000 calls every year. 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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Women's Voices Video - Listen to women sharing their experiences of domestic abuse.

Posted on November 29, 2015

Women's Voices

During the summer we produced a video, Women's Voices. This video features women sharing their experiences of domestic abuse.

Please watch and share this video, we hope that it will help women to recognise abusive behaviour and know that they are not alone.

You can watch the video here

If you need support, call our National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900, operating 10am to 10pm, seven days a week.

www.womensaid.ie

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Day 5: Domestic violence comes in many, often overlapping forms.

Posted on November 29, 2015

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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Day 4: One in every two women murdered in Ireland are killed by a partner or ex.

Posted on November 28, 2015

Day 4

Of the 209 women murdered in Ireland since 1996, 86 women (55% of resolved cases) were killed by those closest to them - a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend. That is 1 in every 2 women killed in Ireland by a current or former intimate partner where the case has been resolved. 11 children were murdered alongside their mother.  Each woman leaves behind devastated family, friends and in many cases, children.

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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Message of Support, Tánaiste Joan Burton

Posted on November 27, 2015

Joan Burton

On Day 3 of the Women's Aid One in Five Women Campaign during the International 16 Days of Action, Tánaiste Joan Burton shares a message of support:

"During the time I spent in Africa, later as Minister with responsibility for Development Co-operation and Overseas Aid and currently as Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection in Ireland I am constantly reminded of the invaluable support that organisations such as Women’s Aid provide to women and their children living in very difficult situations because of violence. Violence against women is a human rights abuse and a crime that must not be tolerated. 

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Day 3: 209 women have been murdered in Ireland since 1996.

Posted on November 27, 2015

Day 3

209 women murdered since 1996

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.

Our most recent data shows that 209 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.  

13 children have been murdered alongside their mothers.

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