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Day 6: Domestic abuse takes many forms

Posted on November 30, 2017

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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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Day 5: Domestic violence is hidden everywhere

Posted on November 29, 2017

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The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) responds to over 44 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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Day 4: One in Five women experience some form of domestic abuse in Ireland

Posted on November 28, 2017

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One in Five Women in Ireland will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. Domestic abuse can affect any woman and can happen in any home. This means that every day in Ireland, women are beaten, hospitalised and can have ongoing and long-term physical and mental health issues. Every day, women are raped, sexually abused and have no freedom to negotiate a safe and respectful sexual relationship. Women are isolated from supports and from family and friends, and emotional abuse often means that women are trapped in their own home by those closest to them.

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Permanent link | Categories: 16 Facts for 16 Days28th November 2017Day 4

Day 3: 1 in every 2 women are killed by their current or former partners

Posted on November 27, 2017

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On Day 3 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign, Women's Aid highlight the links between femicide and domsetic violence.  Our Femicide Watch 2017 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, 216 women have died violently in the Republic of Ireland. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers. 137 women (63%) were killed in their own homes.

Of the 171 (79%) cases that have been resolved (through the courts or in cases of murder-suicide) 95 women (56%) were murdered by a current or former male intimate partner. 

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Permanent link | Categories: 16 Facts for 16 Days27th November 2017Day 3

Day 2: Men's Violence is Killing Women

Posted on November 26, 2017

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On the 24th November 2017, Women’s Aid launched a new report ‘Femicide Watch 2017’. The Femicide Watch Report is the culmination of 21 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 216 women have died violently since the beginning of 1996. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers.

We published our Femicide Watch Report after 21 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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Permanent link | Categories: 16 Facts for 16 DaysDay 226th November 2017

Day 16: Our Women's Voices Series

Posted on December 10, 2016

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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.

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Day 14: National Helpline Text Service for Deaf and Hard of hearing women

Posted on December 08, 2016

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For deaf or hard of hearing women experiencing domestic abuse, it can be even more difficult to seek support or to leave an abusive relationship. At Women’s Aid, we are committed to seeking solutions to overcome additional barriers to a deaf woman's escape.

Women’s Aid has developed a series of Irish Sign Language videos on domestic violence and help available.  These are an important step in ensuring that deaf or hard of hearing women have the same access to support as all women in situations of intimate partner violence.  This work was carried out in conjunction with the Irish Deaf Women's Group.

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Permanent link | Categories: Day 1416 Facts for 16 Days8th December 2016

Day 13: Women's Aid offers support in 170+ languages

Posted on December 07, 2016

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The women we support are diverse and come from all walks of life. Domestic violence can affect any woman, at any age and from any background.  Today we look at the additional barriers women from Migrant communities face.

339 callers to the National Freephone Helpline in 2014 identified that they were Migrant women and 27% of the new women we saw in 2015 in our One to One Service were migrant women.

Just over half were from other EU member states while 47% were from non EU countries.

The additional barriers faced by migrant women affected by domestic violence include:

  • the impact of the lack of independent residency status.
  • ineligibility for social protection.
  • limited access to emergency accommodation.

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Day 12: The Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline answers 41 calls a day

Posted on December 06, 2016

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"I do not think I would have got through the past two years without the support from Women’s Aid and I know I it will get me through the difficult times still ahead.” - Louise

The Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 is a service for women experiencing emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse by a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend. We are also available for family, friends and professionals concerned about women living with domestic violence.

Our Helpline staff and volunteers answer, on average, 41 calls per day.

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Day 11: Children see abuse

Posted on December 05, 2016

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It's day 11 of 16 Days and we further explore domestic violence and children.

The majority of children living in a home where domestic violence is present are affected by the abuse.

Children are victims of domestic violence both when directly targeted by the perpetrator of abuse and when witnessing the violence directed at their mother. Research has shown that there is a connection between domestic violence and child abuse and that witnessing the abuse is in itself a form of emotional abuse. (Listening to Children: Children's Stories of Domestic Violence, Hogan, F. and O'Reilly M, Office of the Minister For Children, 2007)

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