Details of Women's Aid Change the Conversation 16 Days Campaign

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 03:55 PM

Change the Conversation

Every year, the International 16 Days of Action campaign provides an important opportunity to raise awareness of domestic violence and call for changes at international, national and local level to make women and children safe from abuse. 

In Ireland, over 100 groups and individuals organise local and national events and actions to show solidarity with and support to women and children experiencing domestic violence in our communities.  Will you join us this year?

Domestic Violence in Ireland 

  • 1 in 5 women in Ireland have experienced emotional, physical, sexual and/or financial abuse by a current or former partner. (Making the Links, Women's Aid).
  • 1 in every 2 women murdered in Ireland are killed by a partner or ex-partner. (Behind Closed Doors 1996-2016, Women's Aid).
  • In 2016, there were 16,946 disclosures of domestic violence against women during 19,115 contacts with Women's Aid Direct Services.  There were 11,078 incidents of emotional abuse, 3,502 incidents of physical abuse and 1,671 incidents of financial abuse disclosed. In the same year, 695 incidents of sexual abuse were disclosed to our services including 316 rapes. In the same year, we also heard 3,823 disclosures of child abuse.  (Women's Aid Impact Report 2016).
  • The Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline responded to 15,952 calls in 2016. (Women's Aid Impact Report 2016).
  • In a 2014 study entitled 'Violence against women: An EU-wide survey' by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), it was reported that 14% of women in Ireland have experienced physical violence by a partner since age 15. 6% of Irish women have experienced sexual violence by a current or former partner and 31% of women have experienced psychological violence by a partner. 12% of Irish respondents in the FRA study had experienced stalking (including cyber stalking).
  • In a one-day survey on 4th November 2014, 475 women and 301 children were accommodated by and/or received support from a domestic violence service. (Safe Ireland National Domestic Violence Statistics 2014).

Women's Aid Change the Conversation Campaign 2017

Our campaign will put the issue of femicide and domestic violence on the agenda, bring to light women and children's experience of domestic violence and highlight what needs to change to increase safety and protection from abuse.  The campaign will also bring survivors' voices to the fore in our awareness raising activities and challenge the victim blaming culture that surrounds domestic violence 

We need your help to #ChangetheConversation.  During the 16 Days of Action help us build better awareness and understanding of women's and children's experiences of domestic violence by supporting the campaign in your community and online.

Take part. #ChangetheConversation.

  1. Attend the Women's Aid International Day Opposing Violence against Women Seminar on 24th November on femicide and domestic violence.  International and Irish experts will cover the issues of domestic homicide reviews, risk assessment and domestic homicide and criminal law.  This event will launch the Women's Aid Femicide Report 2017 for the Republic of Ireland.  More details here.
  2. Take part in the nationwide moment of remembrance for women murdered in Ireland at 12.30pm, 24th November 2017.  Incorporate this moment into your own activities at this time or at any other time during the 16 Days Campaign.
  3. Organise an event locally such as an information stand or coffee morning and use the campaign pack materials to raise awareness of domestic violence and the help available to those affected.  If you are looking for inspiration and ideas, you can look back on previous campaigns at www.WomensAid.ie.
  4. Follow our blog and Facebook page and share the daily updates, videos, guest blog posts and survivor testimonies as part of the 16 Days Campaign Online.  
  5. Add your event to the 16 Days Map of Action so people can see what is happening locally and support your event.  Send all the details and we will update the map as the campaign builds.

Request your campaign pack and register your event by emailing 16days@womensaid.ie for more information.

All materials are free of charge.

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