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# Domestic Abuse

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# Domestic Violence
467 women and 229 children received domestic abuse support in just one day last year
SAFE Ireland says that women and children are made homeless by domestic abuse.
# Domestic Abuse
One in eight women suffers domestic abuse during pregnancy
Many women begin suffering during pregnancy.
# take care
Mothers more likely to suffer depression four years after childbirth
Though little research has been done in Ireland on postpartum depression past the 12 month mark, one expert said increased resourcing for public health nurses is key to tackling the problem.
Aaron McKenna: Domestic violence is just that – violence. Why not treat it that way?
In Ireland, as with most social issues, we treat the matter of domestic violence as a pariah topic that occasionally gets an airing. It’s just not good enough.
# Violence
Tom Meagher: To say the words 'my wife is missing' really just guts you
Jill Meagher’s husband says he will always hate his wife’s killer, Adrian Bayley.
# Domestic Abuse
Two councils fund women's refuge to stop it closing
Dundalk Women’s Aid has received €30,000 to remove the immediate threat of closure.
# protection
Increase in domestic abuse applications in courts 'only the tip of iceberg'
There was a 20 per cent increase in applications for safety and protection orders but one group said women in dating relationships who are abused do not qualify for these protections.
# Domestic Violence
'My father was a thug and a bully': Applause for Senator after domestic abuse speech
The Fine Gael Senator received a round of applause from colleagues after an emotional contribution to the committee hearing this evening.
# Oireachtas
These stories of domestic abuse are prompting calls for a change in law
Women’s Aid and several other organisations will come before an Oireachtas committee to discuss potential changes.
Column: Behind the veil – a new era has begun for family courts
The easing of the in camera rule in Irish family courts will see many social issues come to light – many of which may have been hidden behind from the public for generations, writes Katherine Irwin.
# Kentucky
US police help woman who took selfie of domestic abuse
The woman in Kentucky posted a picture of her beaten up face after her husband allegedly attacked her.
# Domestic Abuse
Abused husband was 'knocked out' and had knife 'lunged' at him
One man told of years of abuse and of how he will be forced to spend this Christmas away from his youngest daughter.
Column: Domestic abuse in same-sex relationships isn't talked about – but it's real
When my girlfriend became abusive I didn’t know what to do. I felt scared and alone – but I also felt that I had to be a representative for other gay people, and that admitting to what was happening would let others down.
# Your Say
Poll: Should a domestic violence clause be added to immigration law?
The Immigrant Council of Ireland has said our laws are keeping people trapped in violence relationships. Should domestic violence be formally recognised in the legislation?
# Domestic Violence
Domestic violence victims ‘trapped’ by immigration laws
Victims are often afraid to report abuse because they fear it will impact on their immigration status.
# Domestic Violence
New committee report will ‘lift the lid’ on domestic abuse
Vice Chairperson of the committee, Anne Ferris, has urged victims to get in touch to share their experiences and tell them how the system can be improved.
Column: No behaviour that degrades women can be dismissed as ‘just a domestic’
Putting the abuser back in the picture is what we should strive towards, says Margaret Martin, who says society focuses attention and responsibility on the victims of domestic violence rather than the perpetrators.
# Domestic Abuse
Cuts to domestic violence services are "hacking away at life-lines"
Demand for refuge spaces in Dublin is four times what one domestic abuse service can provide.
# Domestic Abuse
22 pregnant women looked for safety from violence - on one day
21 women were turned away from domestic abuse refuges last year as there wasn’t enough space.
# Domestic Abuse
Over 3,000 domestic abuse victims helped by support commission last year
The Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime helped more than 15,000 people last year.
Raped, beaten, stalked: One woman’s struggle with ongoing domestic abuse
Despite barring orders, woman says she has been tortured by her ex-partner for almost a decade.
# Domestic Violence
Irish Presidency secures EU agreement on domestic violence protection order
The agreement will ensure that a civil protection order, such as a barring order for domestic violence, can still be enforced if the victim travels or moves country.
# Marriage
Increased demand for marriage counselling as financial difficulties rise
Levels of stress and anxiety remained high among couples using ACCORD’s counselling service last year.
# Domestic Abuse
Charity warns male victims of domestic abuse are vulnerable at Christmas
Amen has said fathers who have separated from their abusers are often denied access to their children over the holidays.
# Domestic Abuse
Women's Aid warns Christmas stress can trigger domestic abuse
The organisation said there is in increase during the holidays in direct abuse against children.
# Violence
Feature: Hell hath no fury like a man scorned
Journalist Colm Ó Broin investigates the statistics of murder of Irish women by those closest to them – and the patterns of abuse that can lead to such tragedy.
# Domestic Violence
Women's Aid calls for review of laws around domestic abuse
The group is calling for a 24/7 on call system for emergency barring orders and for protection from cuts in the upcoming budget.
# Domestic Abuse
Domestic violence group encourage victims to come forward after judge's comments
Women’s Aid underlines the importance of victims being able to seek help, after a judge vents his frustration at victims withdrawing their sworn testimony.
# shackled
Man charged with keeping wife captive for ten years
The woman had burns on her body from irons and frying pans and scars on her wrists and ankles from being frequently shackled.
Column: Abused men often don’t tell anyone. Here’s why.
Men can be victims of domestic violence too – but society seems to want this problem to just go away, writes Niamh Farrell.
Column: Verbal abuse in the home can be as damaging as fists
Psychological torture can be as destructive as violence – and it’s much easier to conceal, writes Paula McGovern.
# sexual violence
Nine out of ten sexual assault survivors know their attacker: report
The Rape Crisis Network says that just 6 per cent of all sexual abuse and rape cases last year were perpetrated by a stranger.
# Domestic Violence
Domestic violence services at 'tipping point'
The number of domestic abuse cases against women rose last year, but Safe Ireland says that over a third more women were unable to access emergency accommodation.
Column: ‘Sometimes he is all right. Sometimes he is nice to me’
The true story of a victim of domestic violence, by Ian Poulton.
# Stalking
Technology increasingly used by abusive partners to monitor women
Young women are increasingly being monitored by controlling and abusive partners through text messages or social networking sites like Facebook, according to a leading women’s charity.
# Domestic Abuse
Protection demanded for women abused by men living elsewhere
Women’s Aid asks for legal protection for women who date, but don’t live with, abusive men as part of global ceremonies.
# Not Networking
Man sends Facebook friend request to wife, gets arrested
Ask to be a Friend isn’t, apparently, all that friendly.