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

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 10:21 PM

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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

  • One in five women in Ireland experience domestic abuse.
  • In 2015, there were 16,375 disclosures of domestic abuse against women and 5,966 disclosures of child abuse made to Women's Aid services.
  • The Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 now answers 41 calls a day.
  • Since our records began in 1996, 1 in every 2 women who died violently were killed by a partner or ex-partner.

Every day on our 24hr national freephone helpline, we hear from women who feel trapped, alone and isolated. A common reaction to a woman speaking about her experience of domestic abuse is to focus on her credibility, her actions and her behaviour. This victim-blaming mentality is real and it is damaging and makes it more difficult for women to get help and removes any responsibility from the abuser. Many women who ring us talk about the importance and the relief of being believed.

The challenge for society is to treat the crime of domestic abuse as seriously as it deserves and place the responsibility solely at the hands of the perpetrator. Until we do, women will remain at risk and afraid to speak up.

The 16 Days of Action gives us all an opportunity to change the conversation around domestic abuse and loudly and visibly stand in solidaritywith the one in five women affected.

As part of the Change the Conversation Campaign we will make available our:

  • 16 Facts for 16 Days Domestic Abuse infographic.
  • Moment of Remembrance and Reflection Pack.
  • Campaign resources including awareness videos, up to date statistics, and women's testimonies.
  • Our 16 Days online campaign including our 16 Days Blog, 16 Days Map of Activities and social media campaign.
  • Promotional materials for the Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS - FEMICIDE IN IRELAND

Domestic abuse kills. It kills women and it kills children too. As part of the Changing the Conversation campaign, Women's Aid will explore and highlight the links between domestic abuse and homicide. 

2016 marks 20 years of the Women's Aid Femicide Watch.  This 16 Days campaign will reflect on what Ireland needs to do to better protect women and prevent domestic abuse homicide and we will remember each woman whose life has been lost over this time. Join us by:

  • Attending the Women's Aid annual UN Day Opposing Violence against Women Seminar.

This year Women’s Aid will launch our report ‘Women’s Aid Femicide Watch 1996-2016’ at a seminar at 9.30am to 1.30pm on Friday 25th November 2016. The seminar will explore the links between domestic abuse and femicide and start a national conversation on how to best understand, respond and prevent this crime. The seminar will take place at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Offices, Dublin 2. Invites will be issued shortly.

  • Taking part in the Women's Aid Nationwide Moment of Remembrance and Reflection.

At 12.30pm on Friday 25th November 2016 Women’s Aid will lead a nationwide moment of remembrance and reflection for women and children murdered by domestic abuse in Ireland.

Women’s Aid will supply a remembrance pack including a candle and card to commemorate all women and children murdered in Ireland since our records began in 1996.

Let’s stand in remembrance and reflection together. Incorporate this moment into your 16 Days event. Join with us at this time in your local communities.

FUNDING CHALLENGES

I know that all organisations are operating in tough financial conditions and that the absence of public awareness funding will impact on all our plans. Women's Aid, like many others, has received no Cosc awareness raising grants in 2016. However, we are determined to make our campaign the most successful one ever.

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN

Request your Change the Conversation Action Pack and add your activities to the 2016 Map of Activities. Email 16days@womensaid.ie or call us on 01 678 8858.

All of our materials are free of charge.

Thank you.


Margaret Martin
Director, Women’s Aid

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