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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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Day 16: 100+ organisations take part in the 16 Days Campaign in Ireland

Posted on December 10, 2017


The international campaign 16 days Opposing violence against Women is a critical opportunity for a broad and varied range of activists throughout our communities to raise awareness on this serious and often hidden issue of violence against women. 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 families. That is the vision that we share.

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Day 15: Women's Aid Text Service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women

Posted on December 09, 2017


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.

Women’s Aid has developed a series of Irish Sign Language videos on domestic violence and help available.  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.  This work was carried out in conjunction with the Irish Deaf Women's Group.

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Day 14: We offer support in 170 languages

Posted on December 08, 2017


The women we support are diverse and come from all walks of life. Domestic violence can affect any woman, at any age and from any background.  Today we look at the additional barriers women from Migrant communities face.

In 2016, Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline, responded to 493 calls from migrant women. 250 calls were facilitated in 27 languages. Some of these calls were initiated by professionals such as Gardai, refuge staff and GP’s in their quest to support women presenting to them.

82% of callers who used the Telephone Interpretation Service spoke a range of EU languages including Polish, Hungarian, Portuguese and Romania. The non-EU languages included Arabic, Mandarin and Russian.

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Day 13: We respond to 44 calls a day on the 24hr National Freephone Helpline

Posted on December 07, 2017

Women's Aid 24hr Helpline

"I do not think I would have got through the past two years without the support from Women’s Aid and I know I it will get me through the difficult times still ahead.” - Louise

The Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 is a service for women experiencing emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse by a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend. We are also available for family, friends and professionals concerned about women living with domestic violence.

Our Helpline staff and volunteers answer, on average, 44 calls per day.

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Day 12: Domestic abuse impacts on women's mental and physical health

Posted on December 06, 2017

Health impacts

Women and children experiencing domestic violence should never been portrayed as passive victims. Women’s Aid continues to be inspired by the women who use our services. Women, who are trying to live their lives, raise their children, study, work, and look after themselves and others, but who are doing so while suffering the most horrific abuse.

Women’s strength and resilience in the face of unimaginable abuse and fear, should not be underestimated. Yet, the impact of the abuse on the women we meet, cannot be minimised or downplayed.

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