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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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"My daughter’s third birthday was the following day, and I discharged myself from hospital to help her blow out her candles" - Jessica

Posted on November 28, 2017


As part of our Women's Voices campaign, Jessica writes about her experience of domestic abuse, surviving emotional and physical abuse and the life changing support from Women's Aid.

I can’t believe I stayed with Jonathan for so long. Even more so than the physical violence, the mental element was the worst. Definitely. You get stripped apart by the mental torture. Having three kids by myself now is hard, but it’s easier than when I was with him. They are happy and safe, which is what they deserve. I have normal worries now, just the same as everyone else. I have a great life.

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

Posted on November 28, 2017


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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Change the Conversation during the 16 Days of Action - Postcard Series

Posted on November 28, 2016

No woman ever deserves abuse

During the 16 Days of Action 2016, Women's Aid challenges some commonly held myths to build a deeper understanding of domestic violence.

There are many myths and much misinformation surrounding the issue of domestic violence. This can cause confusion and make a difficult situation worse for women who are affected by domestic violence. If we do not challenge such myths then society will not be able to respond effectively and protect women and their children from abuse.

Myths also encourage a victim blaming response to domestic violence while reinforcing the beliefs of abusive men.

Our #ChangetheConversation campaign turns some of the most common myths about domestic violence on their head and tell the reality for women experiencing domestic violence.

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Day Four: Tanaiste Joan Burton gives support to the 16 Days campaign

Posted on November 28, 2014

Joan Burton

During the time I spent in Africa, later as Minister with responsibility for Development Co-operation and Overseas Aid and currently as Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection in Ireland I am constantly reminded of the invaluable support that organisations such as Women’s Aid provide to women and their children living in very difficult situations because of violence.  Violence against women is a human rights abuse and a crime that must not be tolerated.  

As Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party, I will make every effort in Government to address this violation of human rights.  I wish Women’s Aid a successful campaign again this year.   

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Day Four: Domestic abuse is hidden

Posted on November 28, 2014

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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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