Media Advisory: Increase in child abuse reported to Women's Aid in 2011

7 Jun 2012

  • Announcement of 2011 Women's Aid Domestic Violence Statistics
  • Outline of trends and types of abuse experienced by women and their children as disclosed to the Women's Aid Direct Services in 2011.

Women's Aid will announce details of contacts with its Domestic Violence National Freephone Helpline and its Support Services in 2011. The types of abuse experienced by women and their children as disclosed to Women's Aid will be outlined. Other information will be made available on the types and severity of the abuse suffered by callers, as well as outlining services offered by Women's Aid in 2011.

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

Women's Aid is the national organisation providing support and information to women experiencing domestic violence and their children. Women's Aid also offers a Dublin-based One to One Support Service and Court Accompaniment Service and refers women and their children to local refuges and support services around the country. Research shows that almost 1 in 5 women in Ireland experience domestic violence.

The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 is open 364 days a year from 10am to 10pm.

For more information contact:
Christina Sherlock or Laura Shehan on 087-9192457 or 01 678 8858

Launch details: The Westin Hotel, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2 at 11am on Wednesday 13th of June 2012.

A copy of the full report and a number of case studies will be available online at www.womensaid.ie from 9am on Wednesday 13th June 2012.