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Day 6: Domestic Violence is hidden everywhere

Posted on November 30, 2015

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The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) responds to over 11,000 calls every year. 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 5: Domestic violence comes in many, often overlapping forms.

Posted on November 29, 2015

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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 4: One in every two women murdered in Ireland are killed by a partner or ex.

Posted on November 28, 2015

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Of the 209 women murdered in Ireland since 1996, 86 women (55% of resolved cases) were killed by those closest to them - a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend. That is 1 in every 2 women killed in Ireland by a current or former intimate partner where the case has been resolved. 11 children were murdered alongside their mother.  Each woman leaves behind devastated family, friends and in many cases, children.

Threats to kills and attempts to kill are a common feature of domestic violence and leave many women living in a constant state of fear. The tragic reality is that some women pay the ultimate price of their lives.

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Day 3: 209 women have been murdered in Ireland since 1996.

Posted on November 27, 2015

Day 3

209 women murdered since 1996

Female homicide is the extreme end of the violence against women spectrum. To highlight this issue Women's Aid has been collating data on female homicide in Ireland since the beginning of 1996.

Our most recent data shows that 209 women have been died violently in the Republic of Ireland. That is an average of 12 women a year losing their lives in the most tragic and brutal circumstances. Each woman leaves behind devastated family, friends and in many cases, children.  

13 children have been murdered alongside their mothers.

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Day 2: Digital Abuse of Women in Intimate Relationships

Posted on November 26, 2015

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Yesterday, Wednesday 25th November 2015, Women’s Aid shone a light on the issue of digital abuse of women in intimate relationship at a national conference at Wood Quay in Dublin.  The event heard from Irish experts on the nature and extent of digital abuse in Ireland and legislative gaps including Margaret Martin from Women’s Aid, Pauline Walley SC and also the Garda Commissioner, Noírín O’Sullivan. It also heard from Ann Moulds, , a Scottish campaigner who was previously a victim of stalking.  The Women’s Aid conference was organised to address this growing phenomenon of digital abuse and to learn from best practice approaches in other jurisdictions. 

 Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid, told the 120+ strong audience:  

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Day 1: One in Five Women Experience Domestic Violence in Ireland

Posted on November 25, 2015

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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. Everyday, 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.
Women’s Aid hope that by raising awareness of the One in Five Women who have been abused and by promoting the services which are available both nationally and locally, we can break the silence on domestic abuse across communities in Ireland, and reach out to the women affected.

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Day Sixteen: Take action online - watch and share Lisa's story

Posted on December 10, 2014


One in Five women in Ireland experiences domestic abuse. It can happen to any woman, in any home and at any stage of her life.

As part of our annual ‘One in Five Women’ National Balloon Action during the International 16 Days of Action Women’s Aid has produced a video to give a snapshot of what this looks like, in one incident of emotional abuse for one woman. The video tells the story of Lisa who is suffering abuse from her partner, yet it has a positive message. And you can be part of it.

This video is a way you can support and show solidarity online with women experiencing domestic abuse.

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Day Fifteen: Over 130 Irish organisations support the 16 Days of Action

Posted on December 09, 2014

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On Tuesday 25th November 2014 Women’s Aid led a nationwide campaign in solidarity with the one in five women in Ireland who experience domestic abuse. The events marked the International Day Opposing Violence against Women and the start of the One in Five Women campaign. Over 130 organisations are taking part in Ireland to stand with abused women and children and in support of the all of the local organisations who work to support those affected by domestic abuse.

At the launch of the campaign, Women’s Aid highlighted the fact that one in every five women living in Ireland today experience abuse by their current or former boyfriends, husbands and partners.  Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid said,

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Day Fourteen: National Helpline Text Service for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Women

Posted on December 08, 2014

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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. This year, Women’s Aid launched Irish Sign Language videos; 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.

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Day Thirteen: offering support in 170 languages

Posted on December 07, 2014

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The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline is accessible to women in 170 different languages. The telephone interpretation service allows women with limited or no English experiencing domestic violence to access free, confidential telephone support.

The telephone interpretation service allows women who are often extremely isolated due to language barriers to access support.

It is provided by an accredited and professional interpreter service located outside the country, ensuring the confidentiality and anonymity of the service. The service is available throughout the normal opening hours of the helpline 10am-10pm, 7 days a week.

An example of the lifeline that the interpretation service provides comes from an early user of the service:

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