During the 16 Days of Action 2016, Women's Aid challenges some commonly held myths to build a deeper understanding of domestic violence.
There are many myths and much misinformation surrounding the issue of domestic violence. This can cause confusion and make a difficult situation worse for women who are affected by domestic violence. If we do not challenge such myths then society will not be able to respond effectively and protect women and their children from abuse.
Myths also encourage a victim blaming response to domestic violence while reinforcing the beliefs of abusive men.
Our #ChangetheConversation campaign turns some of the most common myths about domestic violence on their head and tell the reality for women experiencing domestic violence.
In the first of a series of 5 myths postcards, we challenge the harmful stereotype that says that women must do something to provoke the abuse. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon and just on Friday (25th November) a new survey showed at 18% of people in Ireland believe that victims of domestic abuse must provoke their abuser.
Download our first #ChangetheConversation postcard and share with your family, friends and colleagues.