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  1. Media Release: Gender Inequality is causing another generation of abuse victims, say Women’s Aid.15528_WA_IWD_Social posts_Insta FB_1Issued 8 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day is a day to call attention to the link between gender inequality and violence against women. 1 in 5 young women experience some form of intimate relationship abuse, including online abuse with over half of young abuse victims experience it before the ...
  2. Media Release: Pandemic is increasing risk of intimate relationship abuse against young women, say Women’s Aid.Sarah BensonIssued 15 Feb 2021
    Embargo 00.01am Monday 15th February 2021 Young women experiencing abuse risk being left behind during the Covid-19 pandemic. Women’s Aid launches new #TooIntoYou advertising campaign to highlight the signs of unhealthy relationships and encourages young people to reach out for support. Campaign also highlights the ...
  3. Media Release: Women's Aid Welcomes Sentencing in Coercive Control Case Sarah BensonIssued 21 Jan 2021
    Wednesday, 21st January 2021: Women’s Aid, a leading national frontline organisation support women affected by domestic abuse, today welcomes the conviction and sentencing for the crime of coercive control.  Sarah Benson, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid says: “Coercive control is an insidious and dangeous form of ...
  4. Media Release: New Figures show that calls to Women’s Aid up by 41% since the start of Covid-19 Pandemic.Domestic Violence Help Over Christmas and New Year 2020Issued 21 Dec 2020
    From 23rd March to end of November the Women’s Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline responded to 41% more calls than the same time last year.  (17729 calls responded to in 2020 v 12506 in 2019.  A difference of 5223 calls.) Figures released ahead of Christmas ...
  5. Media Release: Over half of young women abused were under the age of 18, says Women’s Aid.One in Five Women Report, Women's Aid 2020Issued 25 Nov 2020
     Embargo: 00.01 25th November 2020New report on intimate relationship abuse of young people (aged 18-25) finds 3 in 5 young people have either personally experienced or know someone 25 or younger who has experienced abuse by a current or former partner. 1 in 5 young ...
  6. Media Release: Domestic Violence During Level 5 Lockdown - Renewed Concerns for Victims, say Women’s Aid. Sarah BensonIssued 22 Oct 2020
    Women’s Aid is preparing for a further surge in contacts from women experiencing abuse from their partners. On Monday night, Taoiseach Michéal Martin acknowledged increased levels of domestic violence as a real impact of the new restrictions. Charity fears that opportunities to reach out will ...
  7. Media Release: Rise in Reports of Domestic Violence in 2019 and During Covid-19, says Women's Aid. Women's Aid Annual Impact Report 2019 - embargoed 29.8.20Issued 20 Aug 2020
    Women’s Aid releases its Annual Impact Report 2019 alongside a special supplementary report on Domestic Abuse during the Covid-19 Emergency. Women’s Aid Services engaged in 20,763 support contacts in 2019 during which they heard 24,049 disclosures of abuse against women and children. 9% increase in ...
  8. Media Release: Airbnb partners with Safe Ireland and Women’s Aid to offer free accommodation for domestic violence survivorsIssued 25 Jun 2020
    Airbnb has announced it will partner with Safe Ireland, with the support of Women’s Aid, to assist domestic violence survivors in Ireland at a crucial time when emergency accommodation is particularly needed. Airbnb will work through its hotel partners to provide temporary accommodation, free of ...
  9. Media Release: Garda Statistics on Domestic Abuse During Covid-19 only the tip of the iceberg, Women's AidIssued 9 Jun 2020
    Tuesday 9th June 2020: Women’s Aid, a national frontline organisation supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse, today responded to the new figures from An Garda Síochána on their response to domestic violence victims during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The organisation's CEO, Sarah Benson, says   ...
  10. Media Release: 39% increase in calls answered by Women’s Aid during Covid-19 Lockdown.Sarah Benson Director Women's Aid 3Issued 29 May 2020
    Over 4,000 calls answered by the Women’s Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline since late March.  39% increase on the same period last year. Women’s Aid website has seen over 72,000 visits in the same period (an increase of 74%) on last year. Women have disclosed ...
  11. Media Release: Home Not Always the Safest Place during the Covid-19 Crisis, Women’s AidSarah Benson Director Women's Aid with BannerIssued 18 Mar 2020
    Women’s Aid is deeply concerned about the impact of the Covid-19 emergency on the safety of women and children affected by domestic abuse. ‘Perfect storm’ of circumstances is increasing the danger facing women being abused by their partners. Women self-isolating and working from home more ...
  12. MEDIA RELEASE New Online Dating Abuse Support Service launched as part of Women's Aid Valentine's Day Campaign. Womens Aid The Law is on Your Side-9Issued 13 Feb 2020
    Dating abuse, stalking and the 'darker side' of relationships highlighted by the Women's Aid #TooIntoYou National Campaign this Valentine's Day. Women’s Aid offers a new guide to legal protection and a new Instant Message Support Service for victims of dating abuse.  Many young women are feeling ...
  13. Media Release: Domestic Violence Should Not Be a ‘Marginal Issue’ During General Election 2020 - Women's Aid Election 2Issued 24 Jan 2020
    Embargo: 6am, Friday 24th January 2020 Women’s Aid says that domestic violence is affecting hundreds of thousands of women and families across the country yet is not a headline issue in the General Election. Women’s Aid calls on all political parties and candidates to treat ...
  14. Media Release: Christmas is a time of hurt, fear, intimidation and intentional cruelty for women affected by domestic abuse, says Women’s Aid.20191203_021236Issued 23 Dec 2019
    Christmas offers no respite for women affected by domestic violence who are spending the festive season walking on eggshells. Christmas is a time of hurt, fear, intimidation, intentional cruelty for women with sudden flashes of violence directed at them and their children. Ex-partners using Christmas ...
  15. Media Release: Women’s Aid Welcomes Supreme Court Marital Rape Sentencing Judgement Sarah Benson Director Women's Aid 3Issued 6 Dec 2019
    Women’s Aid, a national organisation supporting women affected by domestic violence, has today welcomed the Supreme Court judgement in relation to the 2018 decision of the Court of Appeal to reduce by two years the sentence of a man guilty of the rape and assault ...
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