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Day 6: Many Women do not seek help in relation to domestic abuse because of stigma and shame.

Posted on November 30, 2020

Day 6

‘Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and it remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it’ – United Nations, 2020

Domestic violence is still highly stigmatised to the point that it is difficult to gauge the number of women experiencing such abuse because we know that the many contacts we receive at Women’s Aid are just the tip of the iceberg.  Many of those suffering are afraid to speak out because of the stigma and shame that is still very present and because of this, many women don’t get access to supports that are available and many perpetrators remain unpunished.

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Day 5: 1 in 8 Women are Abused While Pregnant

Posted on November 29, 2020

Day 5

No one ever deserves to be beaten, threatened, raped and insulted. However, nowhere is domestic violence more stark or disturbing than during pregnancy. Women's Aid is deeply concerned about the prevalence of abuse of women during pregnancy and the post-natal period.

Pregnancy does not offer protection from domestic violence as during pregnancy and after the birth of a new baby are some of the highest risk periods for women. International research has found that 30% of women who experience domestic violence are physically assaulted for the first time during pregnancy (Child Protection and Welfare Handbook, HSE, 2011).

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Day 4: 1 in 4 women experience physical and or sexual abuse in Ireland.

Posted on November 28, 2020

Day 4

Physical and sexual abuse are severe forms of domestic violence that can put the person subjected to it in serious danger and can even be fatal. The impact for women that have experienced this kind of abuse can be severe and long-lasting affecting a woman’s physical and mental wellbeing. Victims of physical and sexual abuse may be left with serious injuries and severe emotional scars.

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Day 3: 1 in 3 women experience emotional abuse from a partner or ex

Posted on November 27, 2020


Day 3

Emotional abuse is a highly effective means of establishing a power imbalance within a relationship. It is often unseen and intangible to those outside the abusive relationship. However, emotional abuse is no less harmful than physical abuse and it can often include threats of physical and sexual violence.

Emotional abuse includes being put down and constantly criticised; being controlled and monitored using technology; threats from the abuser to kill themselves, the victim or their family. Other examples of emotional abuse include property being destroyed; being referred to using derogatory language; being trapped or physically restrained by the abuser. Another common example is the constant presence of the abuser so that the victim never has any privacy or time to themselves.

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Day 2: 1 in 2 abused young women have experienced online abuse.

Posted on November 26, 2020

Day 2

Yesterday we published a new report showing that ‘One in five young women suffer intimate relationship in Ireland’ that outlines the findings from our latest research conducted with young people. The research shows that of the women that had suffered intimate relationship abuse, an alarming 1 in 2 experienced online abuse using digital technology.

This form of abuse that perpetrators use to abuse is particularly devastating due to the ‘always on’ nature of life online. It is draining and can often feel inescapable. It is not a reasonable solution to ask young a young person to ‘opt out’ or switch off their own social media presence as this is so deeply integrated into their social lives. The victim should not suffer further for another person’s abusive actions.

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Day 1: One in Five Young Women Experience Intimate Relationship Abuse

Posted on November 25, 2020

Day 1

Women’s Aid releases a new report today called ‘One in Five: Young Women Experience Intimate Relationship Abuse in Ireland’. The report details findings from new research carried out by Women’s Aid and Red C Research. Through focus groups and an online survey conducted with 500 young women and men, we found that 1 in 5 young women aged 18 to 25 have experienced intimate relationship abuse.

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Women's Aid UN Day Opposing Violence Against Women Seminar 2020

Posted on November 08, 2020

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25th November 2020 11am - 1pm.

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UN Day Opposing Violence against Women 25th November 2018

Posted on November 25, 2018

Womens Aid Femicide Watch Report 2018-8

Women’s Aid Launch its #BelieveSurvivors Purple Ribbon 16 Days of Action Campaign for 2018

  • One in five women experience some form of domestic violence in Ireland.
  • Global 16 Days campaign starts on UN Day Opposing Violence against Women (25th November 2018)
  • Women’s Aid purple ribbon awareness campaign encourages people to #BelieveSurvivors of domestic violence.
  • The campaign challenges pervasive myths in society which minimizes women’s experience of abuse and blames the victim.
  • Communities across the country are coming together to raise awareness with 100+ events taking place over the next two weeks.

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Break the Pattern of Male Violence - UN Day Opposing Violence against Women Seminar

Posted on November 02, 2018

Women's Aid Seminar 23rd November 2018 Invite

Women's Aid UN Day Opposing Violence against Women Seminar and Launch of the Women's Aid Femicide Watch 2018 (Republic of Ireland).


Join a range of national and international experts to address the link between domestic abuse and femicide, what we can learn from fatal domestic abuse to increase better risk identification and management, the impact of femicide on families, and the role of the State and its agencies in protecting women and children from harm.

 Seminar speakers include:

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Wear a Purple Ribbon and Support Survivors this 16 Days campaign

Posted on November 02, 2018

Believe Survivors

The 16 Days Campaign Opposing Violence against Women is an important opportunity to raise awareness and call for changes at an international, national and local level.  Groups from all over Ireland and from countries all over the world stand united during this campaign period running from the 25th of November to the 10th of December every year, to highlight violence against women and to send a strong message out to our communities that this is not acceptable, that women and children have a right to live lives free from violence and abuse and fear within their own homes and in their relationships. That is the vision that we share.

Women's Aid Change the Conversation Campaign

The focus of this year 16 Days campaign includes:

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