Archive for 2016

"At first I started running to change myself for him, but I ended up enjoying it for myself"- Denise

Posted on November 30, 2016

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"We met when we were 17 and ended up doing the same course in college. He was verbally abusive towards me, in person and in texts. One day, in class, I had to stand up and give a presentation and was using my phone as a timer.

As I was giving the presentation I kept receiving text after text from him telling me I was stupid, and what I was saying didn't make sense, that I wasn't smart enough to be doing the course and that everyone in the class thought the same.

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Day 6: Domestic abuse takes many forms

Posted on November 30, 2016

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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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"You see, butterflies are things of beauty and fly without being trapped." - Bernie

Posted on November 29, 2016

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Women's Voices: A Photo Essay featuring Survivors of Domestic Violence

Posted on November 29, 2016

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"Women's Voices" is a photo essay featuring individual stories from survivors of domestic abuse. Each woman tells her story anonymously, sharing her own 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.

As part of the 16 Days of Action Campaign (25 November - 10 December 2016), Women's Aid will post a personal story from a survivor each day. These stories are stark and harrowing, and show the real human lives affected by abusive relationships.

You are invited to share these stories to spread awareness of domestic violence against women and children.  You can see the full series as they appear here.

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Have you #HadItUpToHere? Asks Jo-Ann from ActionAid Ireland

Posted on November 29, 2016

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Across the world, women experience violence or the fear of violence in cities and urban spaces on a daily basis. Safe Cities for Women is an international ActionAid campaign aimed at raising awareness and challenging violence and harassment against women in cities, everywhere.

Violence and harassment in public spaces happens all over the world and affects women no matter what their background or social status.

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Permanent link | Categories: Guest Blog post16 Days29th November 2016

Day 5: Domestic violence is hidden everywhere

Posted on November 29, 2016

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The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) responds to over 41 calls each day. 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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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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