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Day 16: 100+ organisations take part in the 16 Days Campaign in Ireland

Posted on December 10, 2017

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The international campaign 16 days Opposing violence against Women is a critical opportunity for a broad and varied range of activists throughout our communities to raise awareness on this serious and often hidden issue of violence against women. Groups from all over Ireland and from countries all over the world stand united during this campaign period running from the 25th of November to the 10th of December every year, to highlight violence against women and to send a strong message out to our communities that this is not acceptable, that women and children have a right to live lives free from violence and abuse and fear within their own homes and families. That is the vision that we share.

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Day 15: Women's Aid Text Service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women

Posted on December 09, 2017

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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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Day 14: We offer support in 170 languages

Posted on December 08, 2017

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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.

In 2016, Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline, responded to 493 calls from migrant women. 250 calls were facilitated in 27 languages. Some of these calls were initiated by professionals such as Gardai, refuge staff and GP’s in their quest to support women presenting to them.

82% of callers who used the Telephone Interpretation Service spoke a range of EU languages including Polish, Hungarian, Portuguese and Romania. The non-EU languages included Arabic, Mandarin and Russian.

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Day 13: We respond to 44 calls a day on the 24hr National Freephone Helpline

Posted on December 07, 2017

Women's Aid 24hr Helpline

"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, 44 calls per day.

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Day 12: Domestic abuse impacts on women's mental and physical health

Posted on December 06, 2017

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Women and children experiencing domestic violence should never been portrayed as passive victims. Women’s Aid continues to be inspired by the women who use our services. Women, who are trying to live their lives, raise their children, study, work, and look after themselves and others, but who are doing so while suffering the most horrific abuse.

Women’s strength and resilience in the face of unimaginable abuse and fear, should not be underestimated. Yet, the impact of the abuse on the women we meet, cannot be minimised or downplayed.

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Day 11: 41% of abused women experience online stalking and harassment.

Posted on December 05, 2017

Digital Abuse

Digital abuse in intimate relationships is real and it is harmful. We have long been concerned about disclosures of digital abuse made to our National Freephone Helpline and other services.  In 2015, we took a snapshot of the issue in our National Freephone Helpline and One to One services and we recorded 293 disclosures of digital abuse. While the Women’s Aid snapshot is a small number of cases, we know that the phenomenon is real and growing year on year, especially for younger women.

A recent EU wide study on violence against women showed that 12% of Irish women and girls over the age of 15 had experienced stalking with 50% being stalked, physically and online, by a partner or ex (FRA, 2014).

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Day 10: 1 in 8 pregnant women experience abuse

Posted on December 04, 2017

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No one ever deserves to be beaten, threatened, raped and insulted. However, nowhere is domestic violence more stark or disturbing than during pregnancy. Women's Aid is deeply concerned about the prevalence of abuse of women during pregnancy and the post-natal period.

Pregnancy does not offer protection to domestic violence. In fact, international research has found that 30% of women who experience domestic violence are physically assaulted for the first time during pregnancy (Child Protection and Welfare Handbook, HSE, 2011).

The Rotunda Hospital conducted research which found that 1 in 8 women surveyed were being abused during their current pregnancy (O'Donnell et all, 2000).

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Day 9: 60% of abuse starts before the age of 25.

Posted on December 03, 2017

Day 9 Dating Abuse

You don't have to be in a 'domestic' relationship to experience abuse.  Dating abuse affects young women in Ireland.  In a national survey on domestic violence in Ireland almost 60% of people who were severely abused said that the abuse started when they were under 25 years old.  ,

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Day 8: Children See Abuse

Posted on December 02, 2017

Day 8 Children See Abuse

It's day 8 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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Day 7: Children are abused

Posted on December 01, 2017

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Domestic violence continues to be a very common context in which children experience abuse, with the abuser of the mother being the abuser of the children. Research shows that the more severe the domestic violence is against the mother, the higher the risk of abuse against the children in the home.

In 2016, there were 3,823 disclosures of child abuse to the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline.

This figure includes 3,558 disclosures of emotional abuse and 183 disclosures where children were physically or sexually abused by the perpetrator of their mother’s abuse. It also includes 82 disclosures of where children were being abused during access visits and 18 disclosures of child abduction in the context of domestic violence.

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