Posts in the "2Nd%20December" category

Day 8: 4,791 disclosures of child abuse to Women 's Aid in 2019

Posted on December 02, 2020

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In 2019 there were 4,791 disclosures of abuse of children in the context of domestic violence made to Women’s Aid. The abuse of children disclosed included children being physically, sexually and emotionally abused as well as witnessing domestic abuse against their mothers. Some women indicated that they felt their children were at risk of abuse during access visits with their father.

Abuse against children disclosed to Women’s Aid in 2019 includes:

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"...After the physical assault I googled domestic abuse. I felt sick. I read the warning signs and could relate to nearly all of them." - Debbie

Posted on December 02, 2017

Debbie

"I remember someone said to me 'He sure did assault the wrong woman.' I thought he assaulted the right woman as I am now not afraid to speak up through Women's Aid to help somebody else.

I cannot believe I stayed so long in that environment, I had such a lucky escape. Yet in other ways, I still can't believe I got out, with no ties, what would have become of me if I didn't get out the way I did? I don't know where I went the two years I was with him. I completely lost my voice and my independent self. I got off a plane after working and travelling the other side of the world and walked straight into hell.

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Guest Blog Post: "It is, simply, a form of child abuse" - June Tinsley, Barnardos.

Posted on December 02, 2017

June Tinsley

On Day 8 of the Women's Aid 16 Days of Action, June Tinsley, June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy, Barnardos writes about how domestic violence affects the children and families they work with each day across Ireland.

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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 8: Abuse increases physical and mental health risks

Posted on December 02, 2016

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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 like us, like our sisters, our mothers, our friends and our workmates, whose strength and resilience in the face of unimaginable abuse and fear ultimate 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 Eight: Children need refuge space with their mothers

Posted on December 02, 2014

Day 8

In 2013, there were 2,052 admissions of women and 2,786 admissions of children to refuge in Ireland (Safe Ireland Statistics 2013).

However, on over 3,494 occasions, services were unable to accommodate women and their children because the refuge was full or there was no refuge in their area.

Studies of homelessness in Ireland continually cite domestic violence as a major reason for women and children becoming homeless in Ireland.

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