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"As soon as I was pregnant everything changed' - Kate

Posted on December 04, 2017

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"My mother passed away when I was a young single parent. I met this guy who instantly put me up on a pedestal. I was grieving and raising a child on my own and here was this man offering me all that I wanted; a loving family, the happy ever after that we all look for. He really wanted a child and as soon as I was pregnant, everything changed.

When I had the baby, it got worse and I realised he wanted me pregnant so he had a bit more control over me.

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"...I was two months pregnant and he beat me. A couple of days later, I lost the baby." - Nina

Posted on December 04, 2017

Nina

"I was two months pregnant and he beat me. A couple of days later, I lost the baby and he said to me, 'You must not have taken care of the baby properly. That's why you miscarried.' What a thing to say to a woman.

As always, all the blame was on me, but it wasn't my fault, I tried to protect us. I lost a second child a couple of years later.

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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 10: 60% of abuse starts before age 25

Posted on December 04, 2016

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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.

Women's Aid hears from young women when their relationship starts to feels unhealthy, often after something has happened that may have made women feel unsafe or uncomfortable. When it feels like he is just 'too into you'. We also hear from women who have been living with domestic violence for some time that the signs that their partners were possessive and controlling were there from the start. But to them and their family and friends, it appeared like they were just 'so into her'.

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Women's Voices - Clare

Posted on December 04, 2015

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Clare* recently sent us her story, in her own words, to share with you as part of our One in Five Women campaign during the International 16 Days of Action.  Today, Day 10, we are highlighting that domestic violence can happen in young, dating relationships.  

What Clare's story shows us just how easy it is to become trapped in an abusive relationship and how hard it is to see the warning signs. Clare also had a very difficult experience when trying to leave her abuser but with the help of family and support from Women's Aid, she and her daughter are happy and safe today.

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Day 10: 60% of abuse starts before the age of 25

Posted on December 04, 2015

Day 10

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.

Women's Aid hears from young women when their relationship starts to feels unhealthy, often after something has happened that may have made women feel unsafe or uncomfortable. When it feels like he is just 'too into you'. We also hear from women who have been living with domestic violence for some time that the signs that their partners were possessive and controlling were there from the start. But to them and their family and friends, it appeared like they were just 'so into her'.

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