Press Advisory: Children are the silent, unseen and unheard victims of Domestic Violence

22 Nov 2011

  • Women's Aid highlights the link between child abuse and domestic violence.
  • The Women's Aid One in Five Women National Balloon Action launches the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women.

To launch its 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women on Thursday 24th November at 11am outside Leinster House on Kildare Street, Women's Aid will lead the One in Five Women National Balloon Action. This event takes place in solidarity with women experiencing domestic violence and with other services providing support to victims of domestic abuse.

Women's Aid will highlight the fact that 1 in 5 women in Ireland have experienced domestic violence. An installation of five masked women dressed in black and white, with 1 woman standing out as a photo-negative of the other 4, will hold bouquets of five balloons, 4 black and 1 white. In addition, 200 black and white balloons will be released behind the women.

Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid, will highlight the need to acknowledge the link between domestic violence and child abuse in government structures and otherwise.

Ms. Martin will also provide examples of incidents of child abuse within the context of domestic violence, including after a relationship has ended, as heard on Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline.

Launch Details: One in Five Women National Balloon Action, 11am on Thursday, 24th November, outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

For more information: Contact Laura Shehan at 087-919 2457 or 01-8684721, or Niamh O'Carroll on 087 626 6171

16 Days Blog: for more information on the One in Five Women Campaign and for 16 Days events around the country.

The Women's Aid Helpline, Ireland's only national free phone domestic violence service, is open 10am-10pm, 7 days a week
1800 341 900