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# Women's Aid

This year
Pascal Donohoe announces new domestic violence leave for civil servants
This announcement follows a similar one regarding domestic violence leave for private sector employees.
'Nowhere to go': How the housing crisis is lethal for domestic violence victims
A report by
Jane Moore
There was an increase in the number of applications last year, along with an increase in the number of court orders being breached.
Domestic violence leave will include full pay
Domestic violence leave is set to be formally introduced this autumn.
Record high number of domestic abuse reports were made with Women's Aid last year
The organisation has warned that specialist frontline services to support victims and survivors are “creaking at the seams”.
"I know we're actually doing all the things we talk about”: Gary Grant of Imbibe Coffee interviewed
Coffee with a conscience: The Dublin-based coffee roastery with a community focus
Paying workers a lower salary under domestic violence leave could put victims at risk, Govt warned
Fórsa said that any change to a victim or survivor’s normal rate of pay could ‘alert’ the abuser.
Last year
Majority of Irish people agree that pornography is harming society, Women's Aid report finds
Women were more likely than men to believe that pornography was detrimental to young people.
Cash is crucial to victims of domestic abuse or coercive control, says Women's Aid
AIB this week said its plan to go cashless in 70 branches was a ‘mistake’.
Assaults with hurls, rape, sleep deprivation: Over 33,000 domestic violence reports made last year
Women’s Aid is calling for more men to become allies in creating zero tolerance of all forms of violence against women.
One in five young women subjected to relationship abuse, research finds
The number of young men who have experienced relationship abuse was found to be one in 11.
All time
'Myth-busting' crucial to combatting relationship abuse, Women's Aid research finds
Three in five young people have experienced or know someone who has experienced intimate relationship abuse.
Opinion: ‘Slap on the wrist’ sentences for domestic violence send a message... the wrong message
CEO of Women’s Aid Sarah Benson says the judiciary and other legal professionals need more training on how best to handle domestic violence cases.
'The tip of the iceberg': 43% rise in people contacting Women's Aid
Some 29,717 people contacted the domestic violence support service last year.
Young women more at risk of intimate relationship abuse during pandemic, charity says
Women’s Aid has today launched a new campaign to support young women experiencing abuse during the pandemic.
'The tip of the iceberg': Over 5,200 extra calls to Women's Aid helpline this year
Sarah Benson, CEO of Women’s Aid, said she is “very concerned” about the impact of another lockdown in January.
'Alarming levels': 20% of young women report intimate relationship abuse
Research also found that 1 in 2 young women abused by a partner experiences abuse online.
Women's Aid says it's preparing for surge in contacts from women experiencing abuse during Level 5
The charity said that the number of calls it responded to rose significantly during the first lockdown.
'My own experience of domestic and sexual violence changed everything about me'
Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill has said there is still a lot of stigma when it comes to speaking publicly about domestic and sexual abuse.
'I feel like the only way out is to die': Over 20,000 disclosures of abuse made to Women's Aid in 2019
Women reported being beaten, strangled, burned and raped, and there was a spike in calls during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Women report being strangled, raped and beaten as calls to helpline surge during lockdown
There was also a spike in the number of visits to the charity’s website.
New domestic violence ad campaign tells victims support is 'still here' despite the pandemic
The adverts depict the reality for victims of domestic abuse when their home is no longer a safe place.
TV and radio ads set to be part of new campaign against domestic abuse during Covid-19 crisis
Gardaí have stressed that support for victims of domestic abuse victims will not stop because of the pandemic.
Gardaí implement Operation Faoisimh to protect against domestic abuse during Covid-19 crisis
Women’s Aid has reported a ‘heightened state of alert’ due to the current health emergency.
'Deep concerns' over safety of women and children affected by domestic violence during Covid-19 crisis
The Women’s Aid 24-hour national freephone helpline is available on 1800 341 900.
State's first conviction for coercive control handed down in Donegal Circuit Court
Coercive control occurs when a current or ex-partner knowingly and persistently engaged in behaviour that is controlling or intimidating.
'These figures should shame Irish society' 100 women have died at hands of partners or ex-partners since 1996
There has been more than 200 cases of femicide in Ireland since records began 23 years ago.
'He did not do one day': Six in 10 domestic violence offenders get suspended sentence
The vast majority of victims are women and over half are abused in their own home.
Thousands of cases of women being beaten, choked, threatened with weapons and smothered in 2018
The charity is calling for greater protections within the law system for children in particular.
How young women can recognise dating abuse and get help if they need it
Most women who experience severe abuse in intimate relationships first do so when they are under 25.
'A woman often blames herself ': Dispelling myths around domestic abuse
The UN’s international day for the elimination of violence against women starts today.
Domestic abuse against men: 'He'd been kicked in the balls: he was black and blue to his knees'
There’s some confusion around where LGBT people in domestic abuse situations can turn to for help – here’s some clarification.
'It's not love, it's entitlement': 90% of women murdered in Ireland killed by someone they know
Murder is never a ‘crime of passion’, domestic homicide expert Dr Jane Monckton Smith explains.
Women's Aid call for 'understanding and empathy' following incident on Celebrity Big Brother
The incident involved Roxanne Pallett and Ryan Thomas.
Domestic abuse charity release a statement following Adam's reaction to Rosie's upset on Love Island
‘There are clear warning signs.’
'Groundbreaking' domestic violence law covers psychological abuse and the views of children
The legislation gives extra support to survivors.
'A game of snakes and ladders': 28% of calls to Women's Aid were about abuse by ex-partners
A Women’s Aid report analysed the figures on the number of women who reported abuse last year.
Change to PRSI arrangements could leave women in danger of abusive partners
Up to last year, if a patient qualified under their spouse or partner’s benefit, they simply had to sign a form at the clinic.
Dangerous time for domestic violence: 'I spent Christmas Eve having reconstructive surgery on my face'
Women’s Aid says many women and children will be living in fear and walking on eggshells over the festive period.
Shorter manslaughter sentences given to men if the women they killed were their partners
Women’s Aid is calling for tougher punishments for abusers.
Opinion: 'A father’s right to access should not outweigh a child’s right to safety'
Child protection and safety should be prioritised in all custody and access proceedings, writes Margaret Martin.