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Day 6: Many Women do not seek help in relation to domestic abuse because of stigma and shame.

Posted on November 30, 2020

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‘Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and it remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it’ – United Nations, 2020

Domestic violence is still highly stigmatised to the point that it is difficult to gauge the number of women experiencing such abuse because we know that the many contacts we receive at Women’s Aid are just the tip of the iceberg.  Many of those suffering are afraid to speak out because of the stigma and shame that is still very present and because of this, many women don’t get access to supports that are available and many perpetrators remain unpunished.

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"You get to a point where you think you can take it..." - Clare

Posted on November 30, 2017

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"One time he dragged me in to the apartment by my hair. It was one of the few times that I fought back. I kicked him, but that just shocked and angered him even more. "Kick me, will ye?!" he shouted and responded with kicking me in the back of the head. I managed to get away from him and ran in to the bathroom. He tried to come in after me. I told him that I was seriously hurt and that my head was bleeding. This worried him and he kept trying to get in to the bathroom. He insisted I show him the blood, he wanted to see proof. That was out of fear for himself, not out of sympathy for me.

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Day 6: Domestic abuse takes many forms

Posted on November 30, 2017

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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 6: Domestic abuse takes many forms

Posted on November 30, 2016

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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 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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