Posts in the "Women%27S%20Voices" category

"...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 03, 2016

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"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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"...He once threatened me 'You might leave me, but you won't leave with that face,' and beat me pretty badly. This photo is from that night and now I'm the one burning the memory of it.” - Annmarie

Posted on December 02, 2016

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“It was my Christmas party and he told me I wasn't allowed go to it. I had to go, I organised it and had promised everyone I would be there. He warned me I would be punished if I disobeyed him but I didn't want to let anyone down. I waited until he left the house, and then I went. I had a horrible nervous feeling all night but I tried to enjoy myself. When I came home, he was standing in the kitchen with this smug smile on his face. I knew he had done something but couldn't imagine what. My son called me upstairs and said 'Dad's after burning all your things.'  

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"I took him telling me loads of lies. I took him ruining nearly every special occasion I looked forward to. I took him ruining my birthdays. I took his sulking and refusing to speak to me for days on holidays." - Lisa

Posted on December 01, 2016

Lisa

"I took him pushing me, and knocking me over. I took him shoving me. I took him kicking his boot through a bathroom door where I had locked myself in to get away from his rage. I took being grabbed by the throat once. I took being called every filthy undermining name under the sun. I took him telling me loads of lies. I took him ruining nearly every special occasion I looked forward to. I took him ruining my birthdays. I took his sulking and refusing to speak to me for days on holidays.

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"At first I started running to change myself for him, but I ended up enjoying it for myself"- Denise

Posted on November 30, 2016

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"We met when we were 17 and ended up doing the same course in college. He was verbally abusive towards me, in person and in texts. One day, in class, I had to stand up and give a presentation and was using my phone as a timer.

As I was giving the presentation I kept receiving text after text from him telling me I was stupid, and what I was saying didn't make sense, that I wasn't smart enough to be doing the course and that everyone in the class thought the same.

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"You see, butterflies are things of beauty and fly without being trapped." - Bernie

Posted on November 29, 2016

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Women's Voices: A Photo Essay featuring Survivors of Domestic Violence

Posted on November 29, 2016

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"Women's Voices" is a photo essay featuring individual stories from survivors of domestic abuse. Each woman tells her story anonymously, sharing her own 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.

As part of the 16 Days of Action Campaign (25 November - 10 December 2016), Women's Aid will post a personal story from a survivor each day. These stories are stark and harrowing, and show the real human lives affected by abusive relationships.

You are invited to share these stories to spread awareness of domestic violence against women and children.  You can see the full series as they appear here.

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Women's Voices - Avril

Posted on December 07, 2015

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On Day 13 we share this very powerful and thoughtful personal account of abuse and survival by Avril D'Arcy who is using her own name.

"As a survivor of intimate partner abuse, people have often asked me some infuriating questions. Most commonly: ‘Why didn’t I leave?’ and ‘Why didn’t I tell anyone?’ However, when I did try to explain, many didn’t want to listen.

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Women's Voices Video - Listen to women sharing their experiences of domestic abuse.

Posted on November 29, 2015

Women's Voices

During the summer we produced a video, Women's Voices. This video features women sharing their experiences of domestic abuse.

Please watch and share this video, we hope that it will help women to recognise abusive behaviour and know that they are not alone.

You can watch the video here

If you need support, call our National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900, operating 10am to 10pm, seven days a week.

www.womensaid.ie

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