UN Day Opposing Violence against Women 25th November 2018

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 10:49 AM

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.

Women’s Aid, the national frontline organisation supporting women experiencing domestic violence, today starts its annual 16 Days of Action campaign. The campaign which includes a new #BelieveSurvivors purple awareness raising ribbon starts on the UN Day Opposing Violence against Women and runs up to the 10th December which is International Human Rights Day. Women’s Aid and over 100 organisations, groups and individual around the country are highlighting domestic violence through a series of awareness raising and information sharing events. The courage and activism of all the organisations and individuals lending their voice to the campaign is essential in breaking the silence and in supporting women to reach out for the help they need and deserve. Women’s Aid is honoured at this time of year, to engage in this collective conversation opposing violence against women and to break down the isolation within which such violence thrives.

“Now, more than ever, women experiencing domestic, dating and sexual abuse need our support and need to know that we believe them. Every day in Ireland women are beaten, raped and abused by those closest to them - their boyfriends, husbands and partners. One in five women in the Republic of Ireland experience domestic violence and it can affect any woman from any walk of life. We understand how difficult it is for women experiencing domestic abuse to talk about what is happening. Many women are afraid that they will not be believed or that they will blamed for the abuse. Others struggle to find the words to describe their situation. All too often, women feel alone and isolated, unaware that help is available or unable to make sense of what is being done to them. Our #BelieveSurvivors campaign allow us all to show solidarity and support to women living with abuse and to send a strong message that domestic violence is not acceptable in our society.” 

“The sort of abuse disclosed to Women’s Aid by women using our 24hr National Freephone Helpline is never okay. A common reaction to a woman speaking about her experience of domestic violence is to focus on her credibility, her actions and her behaviour. Society analyses and judges her choices. Unhelpful speculation can include suggestions that she is lying or that her actions may have provoked the abuse. This is typical of a ‘victim blaming’ mentality which focuses on the behaviour of the woman, rather than the perpetrator of the abuse. Blaming is something that abusers will often do to make excuses for their behaviour. This is part of the pattern of abuse. Sometimes abusers manage to convince their victims that they are to blame for the abuse.”

According to Women’s Aid this victim-blaming mentality plays into the perpetrator’s hands as it reinforces what he has been telling her all along. That it something about her, not him, that has caused the abuse. This victim-blaming culture makes it more difficult for women to get help and removes any responsibility from the abuser. Many women who ring the organisation talk about the importance and the relief of being believed.

“This is a very dangerous and hidden reality for women in our families, our workplaces and our communities. The cases that we do hear about in our courts, in the media and on our national helpline are only the tip of the iceberg. Silence perpetuates abuse and most abusers never have to answer for their crimes. They can remain the pillars of the community, the dedicated family men, the Hollywood star or sporting legend. And even when his behaviour is made public the first reaction is not to sanction his abuse, but to excuse his behaviour and to understand ‘what made him do it?’

The challenge for society is to treat the crime of domestic abuse as seriously as it deserves and place the responsibility solely at the hands of the perpetrator. Until we do, women will remain at risk and afraid to speak up.

Over 150 campaign packs have been distributed to over 100 groups, organisations and individuals nationwide.  Over the next 16 Days we will update on events taking place across the country.  To get involved in your local action, please contact the groups directly.

Those taking part include:

Carlow & Kilkenny Children and Young People's Services CommitteesCARLOW
Carlow Traveller Programme, St. Catherine's CSSCARLOW
Forward Steps Resource CentreCARLOW
Making Connections CarlowCARLOW
Breffni Integrated CLGCAVAN
Focus Family Resource CentreCAVAN
 North West Clare Family Resource CentreCLARE
Clare Local Area Network on Violence Against Women. CLARE
Clare Local Area Network on Violence Against Women. CLARE
Killaloe/Ballina Community and Family Resource CentreCLARE
Shannon Family Resource CentreCLARE
West Clare Family Resource CentreCLARE
West Clare Family Resource CentreCLARE
Killaloe/Ballina Community and Family Resource Center,CLARE
Cork Education and Training BoardCORK
School of Law, UCCCORK
The Bessborough CentreCORK
Tusla CorkCORK
Youghal Community Health ProjectCORK
Downstrands Family Resource CentreDONEGAL
NCCWN-Donegal Women's NetworkDONEGAL
Ballymun Child & Family Resource CentreDUBLIN
Blanchardstown Traveller Development GroupDUBLIN
Child Protection Unit, An Garda Síochána MountjoyDUBLIN
Darndale Health CentreDUBLIN
Dolphin House Community Development AssociationDUBLIN
Dublin South City Local Employment ServiceDUBLIN
Hill St Family Resource Centre,DUBLIN
Hillview Resource CentreDUBLIN
HSE Adult Safeguarding & Protection Team, Ballinteer Health CentreDUBLIN
Marino Institute of EducationDUBLIN
North West Inner City Network   DUBLIN
Pavee Point Traveller and Roma CentreDUBLIN
Quest Recruitment DUBLIN
Ronanstown Women's Community Development Project DUBLIN
Sage IrelandDUBLIN
Social Work Department, Beaumont Hospital DUBLIN
The Cottage Home Family Support ServiceDUBLIN
Union of Students Ireland DUBLIN
Women Together Tallaght NetworkDUBLIN
COPE Waterside House, GALWAY
Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre,GALWAY
Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre,KERRY
South West Kerry Family Resource CentreKERRY
Health Service ExecutiveKILDARE
Kildare Feminist Network KILDARE
KYS - Naas Child and Family ProjectKILDARE
Maynooth University Student CounsellingKILDARE
Amber Women's RefugeKILKENNY
New Park Close Family Resource CentreKILKENNY
Adapt Services LIMERICK
Foynes Health CentreLIMERICK
Hospital Family Resource CentreLIMERICK
Seetec Jobpath Dundalk/ DroghedaLOUTH
Westport Family and Community Resource CentreMAYO
Family Wellbeing WorkerMEATH
Trim Family Resource CentreMEATH
Tearmann Domestic Abuse ServiceMONAGHAN
Knockanrawley Resource CentreTIPPERARY
St. Brigid's Family and Community CentreWATERFORD
Waterford Women's CentreWATERFORD
 Monsignor McCarthy Family Resource CentreWESTMEATH
Esker House Women's Refuge and Outreach ServicesWESTMEATH
FAB Resource CentreWEXFORD
Gorey Family Resource Centre LimitedWEXFORD
Southend Family Resource CentreWEXFORD
Taghmon Family Resource CentreWEXFORD
Wexford Local DevelopmentWEXFORD
Greystones Family Resource CentreWICKLOW

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