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Day 11: 41% of abused women experience online stalking and harassment.

Posted on December 05, 2017

Digital Abuse

Digital abuse in intimate relationships is real and it is harmful. We have long been concerned about disclosures of digital abuse made to our National Freephone Helpline and other services.  In 2015, we took a snapshot of the issue in our National Freephone Helpline and One to One services and we recorded 293 disclosures of digital abuse. While the Women’s Aid snapshot is a small number of cases, we know that the phenomenon is real and growing year on year, especially for younger women.

A recent EU wide study on violence against women showed that 12% of Irish women and girls over the age of 15 had experienced stalking with 50% being stalked, physically and online, by a partner or ex (FRA, 2014).

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Day 10: 1 in 8 pregnant women experience abuse

Posted on December 04, 2017

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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 to domestic violence. In fact, 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).

The Rotunda Hospital conducted research which found that 1 in 8 women surveyed were being abused during their current pregnancy (O'Donnell et all, 2000).

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Day 9: 60% of abuse starts before the age of 25.

Posted on December 03, 2017

Day 9 Dating Abuse

You don't have to be in a 'domestic' relationship to experience abuse.  Dating abuse affects young women in Ireland.  In a national survey on domestic violence in Ireland almost 60% of people who were severely abused said that the abuse started when they were under 25 years old.  ,

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Day 8: Children See Abuse

Posted on December 02, 2017

Day 8 Children See Abuse

It's day 8 of 16 Days and we further explore domestic violence and children.  The majority of children living in a home where domestic violence is present are affected by the abuse.

Children are victims of domestic violence both when directly targeted by the perpetrator of abuse and when witnessing the violence directed at their mother. Research has shown that there is a connection between domestic violence and child abuse and that witnessing the abuse is in itself a form of emotional abuse. (Listening to Children: Children's Stories of Domestic Violence, Hogan, F. and O'Reilly M, Office of the Minister For Children, 2007)

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Day 7: Children are abused

Posted on December 01, 2017

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Domestic violence continues to be a very common context in which children experience abuse, with the abuser of the mother being the abuser of the children. Research shows that the more severe the domestic violence is against the mother, the higher the risk of abuse against the children in the home.

In 2016, there were 3,823 disclosures of child abuse to the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline.

This figure includes 3,558 disclosures of emotional abuse and 183 disclosures where children were physically or sexually abused by the perpetrator of their mother’s abuse. It also includes 82 disclosures of where children were being abused during access visits and 18 disclosures of child abduction in the context of domestic violence.

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Day 6: Domestic abuse takes many forms

Posted on November 30, 2017

Day 6

Domestic abuse is not a once off event, but rather a pattern which escalates over time, and includes multiple forms of abuse: emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse.  

We often hear from women that what felt like positive attention and attentiveness at the beginning of a relationship, turned into negative, controlling behaviour as the relationship became more established and it was harder to leave.

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Day 5: Domestic violence is hidden everywhere

Posted on November 29, 2017

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The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) responds to over 44 calls each day. This figure is shocking but we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg. National research conducted by the National Crime Council in 2005 on domestic abuse in Ireland found that only a small percentage of the women surveyed had accessed support from a Helpline or support service. The same research found that 1 in 7 women or approximately 213,000 have suffered severe domestic violence.

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Day 4: One in Five women experience some form of domestic abuse in Ireland

Posted on November 28, 2017

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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. Every day, 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.

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Day 3: 1 in every 2 women are killed by their current or former partners

Posted on November 27, 2017

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On Day 3 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign, Women's Aid highlight the links between femicide and domsetic violence.  Our Femicide Watch 2017 shows that a woman in Ireland is more likely to be killed in her own home and by a current or former boyfriend, partner or husband.

The report reveals that since the beginning of 1996, 216 women have died violently in the Republic of Ireland. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers. 137 women (63%) were killed in their own homes.

Of the 171 (79%) cases that have been resolved (through the courts or in cases of murder-suicide) 95 women (56%) were murdered by a current or former male intimate partner. 

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Day 2: Men's Violence is Killing Women

Posted on November 26, 2017

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On the 24th November 2017, Women’s Aid launched a new report ‘Femicide Watch 2017’. The Femicide Watch Report is the culmination of 21 years of the Women’s Aid Femicide Monitoring Project. Since 1996, Women’s Aid has, using newspaper records, charted and highlighted violent deaths where the victims are female in the Republic of Ireland.

Our femicide watch records that 216 women have died violently since the beginning of 1996. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers.

We published our Femicide Watch Report after 21 years to pause, and to remember and reflect, on the lives lost to male violence. Each woman murdered is an outrage. An absolute brutal loss of life. There is no greater violation of a woman’s human rights than the right to life itself.

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