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.
Last year, 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, this year we worked with a photographer, Sarah Woods, on the 'Women's Voices' photo essay series featuring individual stories from survivors of domestic abuse in Ireland. 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. Read more about this project here.
If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing domestic violence please contact the Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900, 7 days a week. Listening. Believing. Supporting.