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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Women's Aid

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# safety guide
Blocking, unfriending and privacy - new guide launched to help women protect themselves on Facebook
The guide was launched by Women’s Aid and Facebook.
# Domestic Violence
'Think of all those voices desperate for help': Women's Aid helpline receives 41 calls a day
The service is now 24/7, due to increased demand.
Victim-blaming culture makes it more difficult for women to get help
With recent high profile domestic violence cases, Margaret Martin of Women’s Aid reflects on society’s tendency to judge, shame and distrust victims.
# Harassment
Why isn't 'revenge porn' illegal in Ireland?
Recent cases have highlighted the gaps in the law around cyber harassment.
# Women's Aid
Taoiseach says men who beat women are not 'macho' and should be ashamed
Women’s Aid received 22,341 reports of domestic abuse against women and children in 2015.
'My partner was lovely at first, but things changed after we moved in together'
At the beginning he was nice, making sure I got home safely and on time for curfew, but things changed, writes an anonymous contributor.
# Women's Aid
He locked the door, pointed the knife at me and said 'You’re not going anywhere'
Women’s Aid will field calls 24 hours a day from 2016 onwards.
# Domestic Violence
Getting a barring order against a violent partner is about to get easier
An emergency order can last for eight days and a barring order for up to three years.
# Domestic Abuse
"Women were cut with knives, stabbed, spat on, punched, slapped, kicked, held down and choked."
There were 16,464 disclosures of domestic abuse in Ireland last year – over 45 a day.
# Shoes
There's a pretty moving display outside Leinster House today. Here's what it's about...
Campaigners from Women’s Aid have put dozens of shoes on display outside the Dáil today.
# Minute's Silence
78 women murdered in Ireland by their partners since 1996
Women’s Aid is holding a minute’s silence for the women, and children, today.
Opinion: Domestic violence victims who are disabled face multiple obstacles to help
Often when we talk of services for women affected by domestic violence, we talk in terms of able-bodied, English speaking women – but that’s not the full picture.
# Women's Aid
Sign language videos target deaf women at risk of domestic violence
Women’s Aid said it can be more difficult for deaf women to seek support.
# Rape
Partners or exes responsible for one quarter of sex attacks on women
Despite the prevalence of these attacks, there has been just one marital rape conviction in nearly a quarter of a century.
# 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.
# 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.
# Domestic Violence
Women's Aid accepts donation from man who beat up girlfriend
Women’s Aid say the €5,000 will be used to cover legal fees for women who are unable to pay themselves.
# Helpline
Christmas time 'can trigger more abuse' for victims of domestic violence
Women’s Aid is appealing for donations to help it continue to offer its helpline services.
# 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.
# Abuse
Over 3,000 disclosures of child abuse to Women's Aid last year, up 55 per cent
Women’s Aid has said that the more severe the domestic violence against a mother, the more likely as child is to be abused in the home.
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.
# dating dangers
Young Irish women 'vulnerable to stalking and online abuse'
Women’s Aid asking Government to extend Domestic Violence Act to cover younger women who are not cohabiting but are subject to abuse.
# 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.
Column: ‘Do the crime, do the time’ – serious crimes need serious sentencing
Monetary compensation over custodial sentences for domestic and sexual crimes is never appropriate. There should be no mixed messages in our justice system, writes Margaret Martin.
# 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 Violence
Women's Aid: Don't suffer domestic abuse in silence
The organisation says that one in five women in Ireland is affected by domestic abuse, but a third will never tell anyone what is happening to them.
# 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.
# Abuse
25 per cent rise in child abuse reports - Women's Aid
The organisation received over 13,000 calls last year. More than 2,000 of those calls related to direct emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children.
# Domestic Violence
Domestic violence help groups to monitor reports of abuse during Euro 2012
Research in the UK has shown a link between sporting occasions and an increase in domestic violence.
# Verbal Abuse
Verbal abuse "can deaden someone from the inside out"
Living with long-term abuse can cause mental health problems, but it is often difficult for people experiencing it to verbalise what they are going through, a new campaign shows.
# The Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
All the news of the day, plus some bits and pieces you may have missed…
# 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.