Press Advisory: Technology Increasing Factor in Abuse of Women, Especially Younger Women

8 Jun 2011

  • New Domestic Violence Figures to be announced
  • Launch of Women's Aid 2010 annual statistics report

Women's Aid will announce (on 15th June 2011) new domestic violence figures based on statistical analysis of calls and visits to its National Freephone Helpline and Support Services in 2010. At the Alexander Hotel in Dublin, Women's Aid will reveal how disclosures to its Helpline continue to show a growing trend that various forms of technology are being used by abusive partners to monitor and control women, particularly younger women.

This trend has continued with women disclosing abuse such as their mobile phone calls and texts being monitored and social media and technology being used to stalk and control them. Other information will be made available on the types and severity of the abuse suffered by callers, as well as outlining the numbers of calls received, location, and gender of callers.

Speaking at the announcement of the new figures are Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid, Deirdre Campbell, manager of the Helpline, Ursula Regan, Family Law Solicitor and Board Member of Women's Aid.

For more information contact:
Laura Shehan at 01-8684721 or 087-9192457
Niamh O'Carroll on 087 626 6171

Launch details: The Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin at 11am on Wednesday 15th of June 2011.

A copy of the full report and a number of case studies will be available online here from 11am on Wednesday June 15th.