Posts in the "1St%20December%202017" category

Women’s Aid Petition Urging Action on Measures to protect children in domestic violence situations.

Posted on December 02, 2017

Linda Smith and Margaret Martin from Women's Aid and Norah Casey outside the Department of Justice and Equality.

Yesterday, 1st December 2017, Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid and Linda Smith, the manager of the 24hr National Freephone Helpline were joined by Norah Casey to present a petition to the Minister of Justice Charlie Flanagan.  The petition urges action on measures to protection children in domestic violence situations. 

On Day 7 and 8 of our national 16 Days of Action campaign we focus on children and the impact of domestic violence.  The link between child abuse and domestic violence has been clearly established with domestic violence being a very common context in which child abuse takes place. It has also been found that the more severe the domestic violence, the more severe the abuse of children in the same context.

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"Some of the worst experiences happened when he would use our little son." - Maura

Posted on December 01, 2017


"Before my marriage, there had been a few minor incidents that he explained away, by saying I had  misunderstood him. I believed him, because it made sense and the alternative would have been too crazy. After the marriage,  it took two weeks before he showed me his real self. I was not ready to recognise it though. What happened shocked me so badly that it took another 10 years before I even remembered it. 

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Day 7: Children are abused

Posted on December 01, 2017

Day 7

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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