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Day 5: Domestic violence is hidden everywhere

Posted on November 29, 2016

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The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) responds to over 41 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: 54% of women killed in Ireland are killed by a partner or ex-partner

Posted on November 28, 2016

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On Day 4 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign, Women's Aid highlight the links between femicide and domsetic violence.  Our Femicide Watch 1996 - 2016 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, 209 women have died violently in the Republic of Ireland. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers. 131 women (63%) were killed in their own homes.

Where the cases have been resolved (through the courts or in cases of murder-suicide) 89 women (54%) were murdered by a current or former male intimate partner. 

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Day 3: 209 women have died violently in Ireland since 1996

Posted on November 27, 2016

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On Friday, Women’s Aid launched a new report ‘Behind Closed Doors: Femicide Watch 1996 – 2016’. The Femicide Watch Report is the culmination of 20 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 209 women have died violently since the beginning of 1996. 16 children were killed alongside their mothers.

3710-162We published our Femicide Watch Report after 20 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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Day 2: 41% of abused women experience stalking and harassment online

Posted on November 26, 2016

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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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Permanent link | Categories: Day 216 Facts for 16 Days26th November 2016

Day 1: One in Five Women are affected by domestic violence

Posted on November 25, 2016

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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 16: Watch and Share the Women's Voices Video

Posted on December 10, 2015

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One of the most powerful ways to communicate the reality of domestic violence is through the words of a woman survivor of violence. Women’s stories of overcoming domestic abuse are extremely powerful.  Personal testimonies can empower women to speak about the domestic violence that they have experienced in the past, empower women currently experiencing domestic violence to break their silence and seek support and advocate for better services, awareness and understanding of domestic violence.

In 2015, Women’s Aid started our ground breaking ‘Testimonies’ Project to amplify women’s voices in order to build better awareness and understanding of the complexities of domestic violence. As part of this project, Women’s Aid launched a new ‘Women’s Voices’ video during the summer.

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Day 15: Over 130 Irish organisations take part in the 16 Days campaign

Posted on December 09, 2015

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On Wednesday 25th November 2015 Women’s Aid led a nationwide campaign in solidarity with the one in five women in Ireland who experience domestic abuse. The events marked the International Day Opposing Violence against Women and the start of the One in Five Women campaign. Over 130 organisations are taking part in Ireland to stand with abused women and children and in support of the all of the local organisations who work to support those affected by domestic abuse.

At the launch of the campaign, Women’s Aid highlighted the fact that one in every five women living in Ireland today experience abuse by their current or former boyfriends, husbands and partners. Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid said,

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Day 14: Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women Experiencing Domestic Violence

Posted on December 08, 2015

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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. Last year, Women’s Aid launched Irish Sign Language videos; 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.

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Day 13: Our National Freephone Helpline offers support in over 170 languages.

Posted on December 07, 2015

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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.

323 callers to the National Freephone Helpline in 2014 identified that they were Migrant women and 32% of the new women we saw in 2014 in our One to One Service were migrant women.

Just over half were from other EU member states while 46% were from non EU countries.

The additional barriers faced by migrant women affected by domestic violence include:

  • the impact of the lack of independent residency status.
  • ineligibility for social protection.
  • limited access to emergency accommodation.

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Day 12: 11,167 calls answered by the National Freephone Helpline in 2014

Posted on December 06, 2015

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In 2014, the Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline answered 11,167 calls from women, family, friends, and professionals seeking support for experiences of domestic abuse. During these calls, over 20,000 disclosures of abuse of women and children were made.

"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 National Freephone Helpline 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.

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