One in Five Women in Ireland will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. Domestic abuse can affect any woman and can happen in any home. This means that every day in Ireland, women are beaten, hospitalised and can have ongoing and long-term physical and mental health issues. Everyday, women are raped, sexually abused and have no freedom to negotiate a safe and respectful sexual relationship. Women are isolated from supports and from family and friends, and emotional abuse often means that women are trapped in their own home by those closest to them.
Women’s Aid hope that by raising awareness of the One in Five Women who have been abused and by promoting the services which are available both nationally and locally, we can break the silence on domestic abuse across communities in Ireland, and reach out to the women affected.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by domestic violence, please contact the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900, 10am to 10pm, 7 days. This Helpline will become a 24 hour, 7 days a week Helpline from 1st January 2015.
Fore more information about the campaign, see our 16 Days Campaign page.