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"My daughter’s third birthday was the following day, and I discharged myself from hospital to help her blow out her candles" - Jessica

Posted on November 28, 2017

Jessica

As part of our Women's Voices campaign, Jessica writes about her experience of domestic abuse, surviving emotional and physical abuse and the life changing support from Women's Aid.

I can’t believe I stayed with Jonathan for so long. Even more so than the physical violence, the mental element was the worst. Definitely. You get stripped apart by the mental torture. Having three kids by myself now is hard, but it’s easier than when I was with him. They are happy and safe, which is what they deserve. I have normal worries now, just the same as everyone else. I have a great life.

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"When speaking out your voice can sound alien, even to you." - Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill

Posted on November 27, 2017

Niamh

In the first part of the Women's Voices series for the 16 Days 2017 campaign, Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill, an activist for improved services and awareness around issues of domestic and sexual abuse, writes about how speaking out about experiences of sexual and domestic violence can be a scary but life altering experience.

“Why didn’t you tell me sooner?”

“I didn’t know how bad it got for you, why didn’t you say something?”

Abuse and violence are often described as ‘unspeakable acts’ but who deemed them to be unspeakbale in the first place? I don’t think it was the people who had such horror enacted on them.

Silence can be broken in a myriad of ways

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Women's Voices Series 16 Days 2017

Posted on November 27, 2017

Women's Voices

During the 16 Days Campaign 2017, Women's Aid will share a number of short extracts from our Women's Voices series featuring individual stories from survivors of domestic abuse in Ireland. Each woman tells her story anonymously, sharing her own unique personal experience of the abuse she suffered. By telling their stories, the survivors hope that those in similar situations reach out, ask for help and seek support.  We thank the women for sharing their experiences with us - it is a privilege to hear them.

If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing domestic violence please contact the Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900, 7 days a week. Listening. Believing. Supporting.

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