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Guest blog post: Orla O'Connor of the National Women's Council of Ireland

Posted on November 29, 2014

NWCI Blog Orla O'Connor

The National Women’s Council of Ireland was founded in 1973, and Women’s Aid has been providing domestic violence services since 1974. Yet here we are, in 2014, with one in five women as victims of domestic violence, with only one third the recommended refuge spaces for victims, and with no real effort to locate responses to violence against women within a gender equality framework.

Domestic violence strikes at the core of women’s inequality, and cannot be separated from the patriarchal culture, institutions and structures in which we live and work. Men’s violence against women is engrained in society to such an extent that women get sexually harassed in the street, rape culture prevails and we have yet to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention.

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Day Five: Domestic abuse takes many forms

Posted on November 29, 2014

Day 5

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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