Women's Aid is running the Too Into You national public awareness campaign from 14th February 2022, Valentine’s Day, to the 8th March, International Women’s Day to reach the one in five young women who need our support - now.
We have a dedicated website for the project at Toointoyou.ie where you can take the Healthy Relationships Quiz, read about the 10 Key Signs of Intimate Relationship Abuse and get information on legal protection and protecting yourself online. You can also learn how to help a friend if you are worried they might be experiencing abuse with our ‘Help a Friend’ tool. You can also learn about Women’s Aid research on intimate relationship abuse amongst young people aged 18-25 in Ireland.
Intimate relationship abuse against young women is a prominent issue in Ireland.
Our research shows how prevalent and damaging intimate relationship abuse is for young people.
In our One in Five report, young women told us of the devastating effects that the abuse had on them that included anxiety, depression, isolation and suicide ideation. We also found that there were lots of barriers for young women when It comes to seeking help. They said that they feared for their safety, that they felt ashamed and that the abuse undermined their own judgement and sometimes made it hard to recognise the abuse. Young women told us that digital abuse was particularly hard to deal with because of the ‘always on’ nature of online life and the perception that digital abuse wasn’t taken seriously enough.
Our Yes It’s Abuse research report, launched 14th Feb 2022, shows that there is more work to be done with young people on their awareness and understanding of intimate relationship abuse:
Other Campaign Materials
Spotting the Signs
The campaign helps young people to spot the 10 key danger signs of intimate relationship abuse and shares the stories of young women who have experienced abuse.
The Law is On Your Side
New laws brought in under the Domestic Violence Act 2018 mean that individuals experiencing abuse in any intimate relationship can now apply for Safety Orders. Women's Aid has launched a free guide to Safety Orders called' The Law is on your Side' as part of the #TooIntoYou campaign. Click here for more information.
Keeping Yourself Safe Online
As online abuse has also become more prevalent, particularly among younger age groups, Women’s Aid has responded by developing a new guide on keeping yourself safe online. This provides people with practical advice on how to deal with online abuse, stalking and harassment. The Harassment, Harmful Communications Act 2020 has recently made image based sexual abuse a crime. Click here to visit the webpage on online safety.
Help a Friend
Women’s Aid has developed a new ‘Help a Friend’ tool available at TooIntoYou.ie which can help young people learn about the signs of abuse, learn how to start the conversation with someone they are worried about and find supports for intimate relationship abuse.
Women’s Aid have completed two nationally representative studies on intimate relationship abuse amongst young people aged 18-25 in Ireland:
The findings of these studies have been highlighted in our Women’s Aid Factsheet 2022, available here.
Women's Aid has also launched an instant messaging service to provide support online. The service is available every morning and every evening. Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm and Saturday 12pm - 3pm and Sunday 11am – 1pm and Monday to Sunday from 7pm-10pm.www.toointoyou.ie.