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.
Aimed at women who are currently in abusive relationships, the video uses the voices of women who have experienced emotional, physical, financial and sexual abuse. Women’s Aid hopes that it will help women recognise abusive behaviour, know that they are not alone and encourage them to reach out for support.
Please take the time to watch and share these accounts of abuse and help us raise awareness of domestic violence in Ireland. Click here.
In additional to the video, we have used our Testimonies project during the 16 Days to share personal accounts by Ellen, Clare, Avril and Brenda. Read these women's stories in their own words here.
If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing domestic violence please contact the Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900, 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week. We will listen, believe and support you.