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The Fight Against Digital Abuse: The View from the US by Mary Anne Franks

Posted on December 15, 2015

MaryAnneFranks

This piece is based on a presentation Mary Anne Franks was set to deliver at our Digital Abuse of Women conference on 25th November 2015.  Unfortunately due to technical difficulties this didn't happen on the day.  However, we are pleased that Mary Anne has written this article to share her expertise and learning on the issue of online abuse of women.

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Guest blog post: What 16 Days of Action Means to Me

Posted on December 10, 2015

Michi

by Michali Hyams, a women's rights activist currently on work placement with the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence.

Through my studies I got the opportunity to do a work placement with the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (ICGBV). Each step of the way, I learned and grew from the experiences and wisdom of the wonderful women who worked beside me, who inspired me and who mentored me. Activism and advocating for women’s rights is now my full time job and it’s not a job you can leave at the door at 5pm.

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Day 16: Watch and Share the Women's Voices Video

Posted on December 10, 2015

Day 16

One of the most powerful ways to communicate the reality of domestic violence is through the words of a woman survivor of violence. Women’s stories of overcoming domestic abuse are extremely powerful.  Personal testimonies can empower women to speak about the domestic violence that they have experienced in the past, empower women currently experiencing domestic violence to break their silence and seek support and advocate for better services, awareness and understanding of domestic violence.

In 2015, Women’s Aid started our ground breaking ‘Testimonies’ Project to amplify women’s voices in order to build better awareness and understanding of the complexities of domestic violence. As part of this project, Women’s Aid launched a new ‘Women’s Voices’ video during the summer.

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Remembering Stolen Lives

Posted on December 10, 2015

Remembering Stolen Lives

Today is Day 16 of the 16 Days of Action and UN Human Rights Day. There is no greater violation of a woman’s human rights than the right to life itself.

Since Women’s Aid started to keep record in 1996, 1 in every 2 female homicide victims in Ireland has been murdered by a current or former intimate partner.*

This means that 86 women have had their lives stolen by those who were closest to them – their boyfriends, husbands and partners or those they had ended relationships with. 11 children were also murdered alongside their mothers.

Today we remember stolen lives - the 86 women and 11 children and their families and friends left to mourn them.

Sandra Tobin, March 1996, Age 35
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Noeleen Cawley, April 1996, Age 39
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Martina Halligan, May 1996, Age 33
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Angela Collins, May 1996, Age 49
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Patricia Murphy, May 1996, Age 36
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Maura McKinney, August 1996, Age 58
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Janet Mooney, September 1996, Age 29
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Bernie Sherry, April 1997, Age 44
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Kitty Gubbins, May 1997, Age 70
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Elizabeth Troy, July 1997, Age 60
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Sheila McDonagh, September 1997, Age 26
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Mary Kelehan, December 1997, Age 49
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Mandy Smyth, January 1998, Age 26
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Chantal Bergeron, August 1998, Age 42
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Catherine Hegarty, February 1999, Age 33
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Marie Hennessy, May 1999, Age 36
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Bente Carroll, May 1999, Age 45
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Catherine Mullins, October 1999, Age 43
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Maeve Byrne, September 2000, Age 37 and her sons Alan aged 10 and Shane aged 6.
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Jean Reilly, December, 2000, Age 34
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Jennifer Wilkinson, December 2000, Age 24
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Susan Prakash, December 2000, Age 28
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Mary Whelan, March 2001, Age 27
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Debbie Fox, July 2001, Age 30 and her sons Trevor aged 9 and Cillian aged 7
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Geraldine Kissane, October 2001, Age 23
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Linda Dunne, September 2001, Age 24
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Lorraine O'Connor, October 2001, Age 19
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Joan Power, March 2002, Age 43
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Rosie Collinson, March 2002, Age 50
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Niamh Murphy, May 2002, Age 20
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Carmel Coyne, August 2002, Age 42
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Jean Scanlon, January 2003, Age 33
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Cliona Manger, February 2003, Age 20
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Natasha Gray, February 2003, Age 25
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Georgina Eager, May 2003, Age 29
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Xiang Yi Wang, July 2003, Age 21
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Ann Flynn, August 2003, Age 50
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Dolores McCrea, January 2004, Age 35
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Janet Chaney, April 2004, Age 47
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Rachel O'Reilly, October 2004, Age 31
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Colleen Mulder, December 2004, Age 41
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Celia Bailey, March 2005, Age 54
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Mary Hannon, April 2005, Age 59
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Catherine McEnery, July 2005, Age 35
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Ann Walsh, August 2005, Age 23
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Rosemary Dowling, October 2005, Age 49
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Siobhan Kearney, February 2006, Age 37
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Karen Guinee, June 2006, Age 23
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Sheola Keaney, July 2006, Age 19
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Rose Patterson, April 2007, Age 30
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Ciara Dunne, April 2007, Age 23 and her daughters Shania aged 5 and Leanne aged 2.
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Sara Nelligan, June 2007, Age 31
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Jean Gilbert, August 2007, Age 46
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Amanda Jenkins, October 2007, Age 27
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Joanne Mangan, October 2007, Age 20
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Marion O'Leary, October 2007, Age 53
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Ciara Ni Chathmhaoil, November 2007, Age 22
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Lorraine Flood, April 2008, Age 38 and her son Mark aged 6 and daughter Julie aged 5
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Kezia Gomez Rosa, August 2008, Age 26
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Carmel Breen, November 2008, Age 57
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Noeleen Brennan, November 2008, Age 38
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Celine Cawley, December 2008, Age 46
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Rebecca Hoban, December 2008,Age 28
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Joan Vickers, April 2009, Age 43
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Lisa Doyle, September 2009, Age 24
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Joselita Da Silva, October 2009, Age 33
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Loredana Pricajan, January 2010, Age 36
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Breda Cummins, May 2010, Age 31
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Helen Donegan, May 2010, Age 30
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Sarah Hines, November 2010, Age 25 and her son Reece aged 3, her daughter Amy aged 5 months. Sarah's friend Alicia Bough was also murdered.
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Katarzyna Barowiak, March 2011, Age 25
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Diane Burroughs, April 2011, Age 30
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Rudo Mawere, January 2012, Age 26
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Sarah Regan, February 2012, Age 30
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Mary Ryan, May 2012, Age 37
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Jacqueline McDonagh, August 2012, Age 34.
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Aoife Phelan, October 2012, Age 30
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Olivia Dunlea O’Brien, February 2013, Age 36
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Deirdre Keenan, February 2013, Age 51
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Elaine O’Hara (36) - remains found 13th September 2013, reported missing 22nd August 2012
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Jolanta Lubiene, June 2013, Age 27 and her daughter Enrika, Aged 8.
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Patricia Kierans, June 2013, Age 54.
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Sara Staunton, December 2013, Age 28
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Angelique Belling, December 2014, Age 27.
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Valerie Greaney, December 2014, Age 49.
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Marie Quigley, July 2015, Age 68.

We also remember the rest of the 209 women who have been murdered in Ireland since 1996 including the 62% of women were murdered in their own homes.

Where cases have been resolved, we know that overall 89% of women are murdered by someone known to them – a current or former intimate partner, a son, neighbour, an acquaintance and 99% of perpetrators were men.

We remember those women murdered but where no perpetrator has been charged and the other cases yet to come to trial. Our thoughts are with their families who are waiting for justice.

'Still I Rise'...
You may shoot me with your words.
You may cut me with your eyes.
You may kill me with your hatefulness.
But still, like air, I'll Rise...

~ Maya Angelou

R.I.P

*This is where the case has been resolved.
** All information is sourced from the Women's Aid Female Homicide Media Watch, 1996-September 2015.

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Conversation with my abuser - Brenda

Posted on December 09, 2015

Brenda

I'm a woman from a middle class background living in a small town in Ireland.  I work full time just as I have for most of my life.   Abuse of any sort was to me something that happened to others.   I guess I lived a protected life going from my daddy's house in to my first marriage.  The end of the marriage started my road of abuse.  Which I now tell in a conversation to my abuser :

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Message of Support, Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Posted on December 09, 2015

Emily Logan

I am delighted to join with Women’s Aid in support of the 16 Days of Action opposing violence against women.  In June 2015, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission raised the issues of reduced funding for domestic violence support and incorrect recording of crimes of domestic violence in our report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. While we have seen some progress in recent years, unfortunately the recession has played its part in undermining some of the achievements made.

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Day 15: Over 130 Irish organisations take part in the 16 Days campaign

Posted on December 09, 2015

Day 15

On Wednesday 25th November 2015 Women’s Aid led a nationwide campaign in solidarity with the one in five women in Ireland who experience domestic abuse. The events marked the International Day Opposing Violence against Women and the start of the One in Five Women campaign. Over 130 organisations are taking part in Ireland to stand with abused women and children and in support of the all of the local organisations who work to support those affected by domestic abuse.

At the launch of the campaign, Women’s Aid highlighted the fact that one in every five women living in Ireland today experience abuse by their current or former boyfriends, husbands and partners. Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid said,

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Guest blog post: "Break the silence" Traveller men speak up to end violence against women

Posted on December 08, 2015

Pavee Point

Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre has launched its 2015 16 Days of Action campaign ‘Break the Silence’. We have teamed up with actor/writer John Connors (Love/Hate, King of the Travellers), actor Michael Collins (King of the Travellers, Glenroe), and a number of other Traveller and Roma men to break the silence on men’s violence against women.

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Day 14: Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women Experiencing Domestic Violence

Posted on December 08, 2015

Day 14

For deaf or hard of hearing women experiencing domestic abuse, it can be even more difficult to seek support or to leave an abusive relationship. At Women’s Aid, we are committed to seeking solutions to overcome additional barriers to a deaf woman's escape. Last year, Women’s Aid launched Irish Sign Language videos; these are an important step in ensuring that deaf or hard of hearing women have the same access to support as all women in situations of intimate partner violence.

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Guest blog post: Immigrant Council of Ireland

Posted on December 07, 2015

Immigrant Counil

Today we share a blog post by the team at the Immigrant Council of Ireland about their work with women experiencing domestic violence.

 

Excited, nervous, looking forward to new experiences.

Alone, scared, unsure what the future holds. Trapped.

Moving to a new country should be a positive experience; settling in, making new friends and getting on your feet. For some migrant women, this is sadly not the case.

Nobody should have to experience is the panic and fear of domestic violence, particularly when you don’t know who to turn to. When your possible support is in another country, on another continent, along with all your friends and old neighbours. Alone, with an abusive partner.

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