Archive for 2015

Message of Support, President Michael D Higgins

Posted on November 26, 2015

President Michael D Higgins welcomes Women's Aid to the Aras to mark 40 years - President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina help staff, volunteers and board members of Women's Aid celebrate our 40 years anniversary last year.
President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina help staff, volunteers and board members of Women's Aid celebrate our 40 years anniversary last year.

On Day 2 of the Women's Aid One in Five Women Campaign during the International 16 Days of Action, President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, shares a message of support:

"I would like to send my best wishes to Women's Aid as they participate in the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women. This is an important initiative which expresses solidarity with the many women, both at home and abroad, who are subjected to aggression and cruelty. I thank and commend you for demonstrating Ireland's support for female victims of violence by partaking in this action. I wish you continued success with your important work."

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Day 2: Digital Abuse of Women in Intimate Relationships

Posted on November 26, 2015

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Yesterday, Wednesday 25th November 2015, Women’s Aid shone a light on the issue of digital abuse of women in intimate relationship at a national conference at Wood Quay in Dublin.  The event heard from Irish experts on the nature and extent of digital abuse in Ireland and legislative gaps including Margaret Martin from Women’s Aid, Pauline Walley SC and also the Garda Commissioner, Noírín O’Sullivan. It also heard from Ann Moulds, , a Scottish campaigner who was previously a victim of stalking.  The Women’s Aid conference was organised to address this growing phenomenon of digital abuse and to learn from best practice approaches in other jurisdictions. 

 Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid, told the 120+ strong audience:  

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Message of Support, Noírín O'Sullivan, Commissioner, An Garda Síochána

Posted on November 25, 2015

Noirin O'Sullivan

I’m delighted to provide a message of support for this year’s ’16 Days of Action’ campaign.  The campaign draws attention to some of the most pressing current challenges in preventing and responding to domestic violence against women.  Domestic violence as a descriptor can often seem a woefully inadequate term. We are not just talking about isolated incidents of physical violence.

 We need to remember that it also encompasses ongoing cases of psychological intimidation, and the shattering of confidence and emotional strength.

It destroys people’s lives.

It destroys people’s well-being.

The campaign is needed in order to fight back against a trauma that is often suffered in isolation, and is an all too intensely personal one.

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Day 1: One in Five Women Experience Domestic Violence in Ireland

Posted on November 25, 2015

Day 1 - Blog Day 1
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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. Everyday, 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.
Women’s Aid hope that by raising awareness of the One in Five Women who have been abused and by promoting the services which are available both nationally and locally, we can break the silence on domestic abuse across communities in Ireland, and reach out to the women affected.

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16 Days of Action 2015 Newsletter available

Posted on October 13, 2015

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The 2015 edition of the Women’s Aid newsletter on the annual International 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women is available to download now.  Click here. This update showcases some of last year’s most creative events and direct you to resources that we hope will inspire you to organise your own local events, joining women all over the world in a united campaign against violence.

With this year’s campaign, Women’s Aid will draw attention to some of the most pressing current challenges in preventing and responding to domestic violence against women. We will host a conference
in Dublin on the 25th of November where a panel of international experts will examine the emerging issue of domestic violence and cybercrime.  More information on this event is available here.

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