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Day Seven: Children see abuse

Posted on December 01, 2014

Day 7

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 Six: Children are abused

Posted on November 30, 2014

Day 6

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 2013, there were 3,207 disclosures of direct child abuse to the Women’s Aid Helpline.

2,836 disclosures of direct emotional abuse and 260 disclosures where children were physically or sexually abused by the perpetrator of their mother’s abuse. In addition, there were 111 disclosures where children were abused during access visits.

The abusive tactics used against children living in domestic violence situations disclosed to the National Freephone Helpline in 2013 include:

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Day Five: Domestic abuse takes many forms

Posted on November 29, 2014

Day 5

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 Four: Domestic abuse is hidden

Posted on November 28, 2014

Day 4

The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) responds to over 17,000 calls every year. 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 Three: One in every two female homicide victims murdered by partner or ex-partner.

Posted on November 27, 2014

Day 3

Of the 204 women murdered in Ireland since 1996, 78 women (53% of resolved cases) were killed by those closest to them - a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend.  That is 1 in every 2 women killed in Ireland by a current or former intimate partner where the case has been resolved.

Threats to kills and attempts to kill are a common feature of domestic violence and leave many women living in a constant state of fear. The tragic reality is that some women pay the ultimate price of their lives.

Research conducted in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK has found that killing by a partner is the form of homicide which most women are most at risk of.

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Day Two: 204 women have been murdered in Ireland since 1996.

Posted on November 26, 2014

Day 2

204 women murdered since 1996

Female homicide is the extreme end of the violence against women spectrum. To highlight this issue Women's Aid has been collating data on female homicide in Ireland since the beginning of 1996.

To date, 204 women have been died violently in the Republic of Ireland. That is an average of 12 women a year losing their lives in the most tragic and brutal circumstances. Each woman leaves behind devastated family, friends and in many cases, children.

Our statistics relating to resolved cases, show that women are more likely to be killed in their own homes than any other location (62%), that they most likely know their killer (89%) and that in 99% of cases the perpetrator was male.

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Day One: One In Five Women

Posted on November 25, 2014

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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.  Everyday, 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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