Posted on November 26, 2020
Yesterday we published a new report showing that ‘One in five young women suffer intimate relationship in Ireland’ that outlines the findings from our latest research conducted with young people. The research shows that of the women that had suffered intimate relationship abuse, an alarming 1 in 2 experienced online abuse using digital technology.
This form of abuse that perpetrators use to abuse is particularly devastating due to the ‘always on’ nature of life online. It is draining and can often feel inescapable. It is not a reasonable solution to ask young a young person to ‘opt out’ or switch off their own social media presence as this is so deeply integrated into their social lives. The victim should not suffer further for another person’s abusive actions.
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Posted on November 26, 2017
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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Posted on November 26, 2016
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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Posted on November 26, 2015
On Day 2 of the Women's Aid One in Five Women Campaign during the International 16 Days of Action, President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, shares a message of support:
"I would like to send my best wishes to Women's Aid as they participate in the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women. This is an important initiative which expresses solidarity with the many women, both at home and abroad, who are subjected to aggression and cruelty. I thank and commend you for demonstrating Ireland's support for female victims of violence by partaking in this action. I wish you continued success with your important work."
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Posted on November 26, 2015
Yesterday, Wednesday 25th November 2015, Women’s Aid shone a light on the issue of digital abuse of women in intimate relationship at a national conference at Wood Quay in Dublin. The event heard from Irish experts on the nature and extent of digital abuse in Ireland and legislative gaps including Margaret Martin from Women’s Aid, Pauline Walley SC and also the Garda Commissioner, Noírín O’Sullivan. It also heard from Ann Moulds, , a Scottish campaigner who was previously a victim of stalking. The Women’s Aid conference was organised to address this growing phenomenon of digital abuse and to learn from best practice approaches in other jurisdictions.
Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid, told the 120+ strong audience:
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