3,256 'unmet requests' for refuge because the services were full in 2018

3,256 'unmet requests' for refuge because the services were full in 2018

Around nine requests a day for refuge had to be refused last year because the services were full.

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Domestic violence victims turned away 3,000 times in 2018, says charity

Domestic violence victims turned away 3,000 times in 2018, says charity

More than 10,000 women and 2,500 children received help from a domestic violence support service in 2018.

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Sinn Féin calls for paid leave for victims of domestic violence

Sinn Féin calls for paid leave for victims of domestic violence

Sinn Féin is calling for the introduction of a statutory entitlement of up to ten days paid leave for victims of domestic violence.

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Women are having phones and cars tracked by abusive partners

Women are having phones and cars tracked by abusive partners

Women in abusive relationships are having their phones and cars tracked by their partners according to an abuse shelter.

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Women who experience domestic violence three times more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety

Women who experience domestic violence three times more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety

26% of women in Ireland have experienced physical or sexual violence.

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Two separate reports raise concerns of under-reporting of domestic violence

Two separate reports raise concerns of under-reporting of domestic violence

Two separate reports have revealed the level of abuse and harassment suffered by women in Ireland, and raise further concerns that there is an under-reporting of the violence they face.

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Campaigners march through Paris to urge more funding to tackle domestic violence

Campaigners march through Paris to urge more funding to tackle domestic violence

The problem has been described as ‘France’s shame’ by President Emmanuel Macron.

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'We need to aim for zero women or children, or men for that matter, being killed in a domestic situation.'

'We need to aim for zero women or children, or men for that matter, being killed in a domestic situation.'

Ryan Hart, who addressed the launch of Women's Aid's 2019 Femicide Report, may not be Irish, but his story is one that will be eerily familiar to an Irish audience.

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French women demand action on domestic violence deaths

French women demand action on domestic violence deaths

More than 130 women have died in such circumstances across the country so far this year.

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60% of women killed lose life in own homes;  Survivors call for women and children to be put first

60% of women killed lose life in own homes; Survivors call for women and children to be put first

Nine in ten women who have been killed in Ireland over the past 23 years have died at the hands of a man they knew.

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Most women killed by partner or ex: 230 died violently since 1996, two thirds in their own home

Most women killed by partner or ex: 230 died violently since 1996, two thirds in their own home

With strangers making up just 13% of perpetrators of female homicide in Ireland, almost nine in 10 of these women have been killed by a man known to them.

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Intolerable: Reinforced doors, panic buttons, and cameras needed for domestic violence centre

Intolerable: Reinforced doors, panic buttons, and cameras needed for domestic violence centre

West Cork Women Against Violence is one of many organisations offering refuge to women and children in jeopardy.

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Women’s refuge for domestic violence victims to open in Dublin

Women’s refuge for domestic violence victims to open in Dublin

Construction should be complete by the end of October.

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Domestic support service Aoibhneas sees 57% rise in support given

Domestic support service Aoibhneas sees 57% rise in support given

Domestic abuse support service for women and children, Aoibhneas, has reported an increase of 57% in support for those it helps.

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Study puts cost per case of domestic abuse at €116,000

Study puts cost per case of domestic abuse at €116,000

The economic cost of domestic violence on an individualised basis has been put at almost €116,000 in a study that followed the journey of 50 women from abuse to recovery.

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Review of bail rules for domestic violence suspects urged

Review of bail rules for domestic violence suspects urged

The legal ban on courts refusing bail to people facing domestic violence charges needs to be reviewed by the Government, according to Women’s Aid.

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Women ‘beaten, strangled or choked' in around 25% of reported domestic violence cases

Women ‘beaten, strangled or choked' in around 25% of reported domestic violence cases

Women were beaten with weapons, strangled or choked in around a quarter of reported domestic violence court cases, new research shows.

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So much more to do to alleviate misery of domestic violence

So much more to do to alleviate misery of domestic violence

As Women’s Aid launches its new report on domestic abuse and the Irish criminal justice system, Ivana Bacik writes how despite recent positive legal reforms to the law on domestic and gender-based violence there continues to be serious issues in the system that need to be addressed immediately

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What works to stop gender-based violence and what doesn't

What works to stop gender-based violence and what doesn't

Globally, one in three adolescent girls and young women experience physical, psychological or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner.

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Domestic abuse among teenagers ‘rampant’, says campaigner

Domestic abuse among teenagers ‘rampant’, says campaigner

Ainie Grainger, 21, has called for more services for young people who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence.

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There have to be consequences for bad behaviour. But I also want to believe in the power of redemption

There have to be consequences for bad behaviour. But I also want to believe in the power of redemption

This week I read a superb book called No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, by Rachel Louise Snyder. The book is divided into three sections.

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New app to connect domestic violence victims with support services

New app to connect domestic violence victims with support services

A new app will connect victims of domestic violence and abuse to support services across the country.

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Women's Aid: 20,000 incidents of domestic violence against women and children in 2018

Women's Aid: 20,000 incidents of domestic violence against women and children in 2018

There were 20,000 incidents of domestic violence against women and children last year.

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Call for ‘urgent delivery’ of adult safeguarding law

Call for ‘urgent delivery’ of adult safeguarding law

An organisation working to protect vulnerable adults is calling for “urgent delivery” of safeguarding legislation.

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Group launches helpline to support men who are victims of domestic violence

Group launches helpline to support men who are victims of domestic violence

Social stigma prevents men who are victims of domestic violence from coming forward, according to the Men's Development Network.

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Abuse survivors in Northern Ireland call for improved compensation

Abuse survivors in Northern Ireland call for improved compensation

Survivors are calling for an urgent meeting with Secretary of State Karen Bradley to urge her to introduce legislation at Westminster.

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Theresa May’s support makes world of difference, says domestic abuse survivor

Theresa May’s support makes world of difference, says domestic abuse survivor

Theresa May visited a charity which supports women and children who have survived abuse.

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Damaged to children by domestic violence could be 'irrepairable' unless State services are provided

Damaged to children by domestic violence could be 'irrepairable' unless State services are provided

The damage caused to children by domestic violence could be “irreparable” unless the State provided the necessary intervention services, a government-appointed expert on children's rights has said.

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Over 20,000 reports of domestic abuse made to Women's Aid last year

Over 20,000 reports of domestic abuse made to Women's Aid last year

More than 20,000 disclosures of domestic violence against women and children were made to Women's Aid last year.

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76 women and 100 children helped by Dublin domestic abuse service in one day

76 women and 100 children helped by Dublin domestic abuse service in one day

76 women and 100 children received support from a Dublin based domestic abuse service in just one day.

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Foster seeks new laws to tackle domestic abuse

Foster seeks new laws to tackle domestic abuse

The DUP leader said they were needed to ensure perpetrators were dealt with through the courts.

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Domestic abuse: the psychology of coercive control remains a legal battlefield

Domestic abuse: the psychology of coercive control remains a legal battlefield

Not everyone was celebrating when Sally Challen’s murder conviction for killing her husband was quashed, writes Charlotte Bishop.

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Domestic violence at highest ever level in the North, figures show

Domestic violence at highest ever level in the North, figures show

On average, there are around six murders per year committed through domestic abuse in Northern Ireland.

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Proper training and resourcing key to safeguarding women

Proper training and resourcing key to safeguarding women

The ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a welcome move, but further action is needed to ensure effective protection for domestic abuse victims, writes Dr Susan Leahy.

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Bill published to provide for domestic homicide reviews

Bill published to provide for domestic homicide reviews

A Bill to provide for the establishment of domestic homicide reviews has been published by Fianna Fáil today,

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Ireland ratifies Istanbul Convention on protecting women from violence

Ireland ratifies Istanbul Convention on protecting women from violence

Ireland has ratified the Istanbul Convention today which aims to prevent and combat domestic violence and violence against women.

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Vodafone to give employees experiencing domestic violence extra leave

Vodafone to give employees experiencing domestic violence extra leave

It comes as new research from the Vodafone foundation shows that 31% of Irish workers have experienced some form of abuse in the home.

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Men are not the only abusers in the home

Men are not the only abusers in the home

Power and control over a partner can be something far more subtle than muscle, writes Suzanne Harrington

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Ask a counsellor: ‘My teenage sons have sided with my abusive ex – what should I do?’

Ask a counsellor: ‘My teenage sons have sided with my abusive ex – what should I do?’

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who managed to leave an abusive marriage but is missing her sons.

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Cultural shift needed along with laws to protect women

Cultural shift needed along with laws to protect women

Take a moment to think of five female friends or relatives close to you. Statistically one of these women will have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a male partner, writes Elaine Loughlin

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Josephine Feehily: Policing Authority concerned about issue of domestic violence

Josephine Feehily: Policing Authority concerned about issue of domestic violence

The chair of the Policing Authority, Josephine Feehily, has said that the authority is very concerned about the issue of domestic violence and the fact that there had been two domestic homicides in the first week of this year justified that concern.

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New offences - Domestic Violence Act

New offences - Domestic Violence Act

THE new Domestic Violence Act, which was commenced yesterday, has much to recommend it. It recognises that violence is not always physical and introduces a new offence of coercive control, which is a pattern of threatening behaviour, intimidation or humiliation, amounting to psychological abuse.

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Women's Aid calling for proper training and resources to enforce new Domestic Violence bill

Women's Aid calling for proper training and resources to enforce new Domestic Violence bill

The director of Women’s Aid is calling for proper training and resources to enforce the coercive control element of the new Domestic Violence Act 2018.

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Domestic violence law to cover coercion and dates

Domestic violence law to cover coercion and dates

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has enacted domestic violence legislation to include new crimes of coercive control and forced marriage and to incorporate crimes committed during dating.

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Call for resources to tackle domestic violence

Call for resources to tackle domestic violence

New domestic violence laws which come into effect today won’t be effective unless support services, the gardaí and the courts are given additional resources.

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More support needed for young people affected by domestic abuse

More support needed for young people affected by domestic abuse

More child-orientated supports should be made available for young people affected by domestic abuse, according to the government-appointed rapporteur on child law, while laws should change to include social media when discussing 'communication' in domestic violence cases.

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Fears over domestic abuse stats

Fears over domestic abuse stats

Women’s Aid has called for increased efforts by An Garda Síochána to address the “massive undercounting” in the proper recording of domestic abuse in sexual violence offences.

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HSE supports decision to close Tralee Women's Resource Centre

HSE supports decision to close Tralee Women's Resource Centre

The HSE says it supports a decision by a centre in Kerry for vulnerable women to shut down.

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Harris in pledge on domestic violence

Harris in pledge on domestic violence

Gardaí are to adopt a risk assessment tool to help them identify women most in danger from domestic violence and put together security and social supports to protect them.

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Family of Celine Cawley call for review of domestic killings in Ireland

Family of Celine Cawley call for review of domestic killings in Ireland

The family of Celine Cawley, who was killed by her husband Eamonn Lillis in Howth in Dublin in 2008, has called for a review of domestic killings in Ireland.

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You know someone who is in an abusive relationship

You know someone who is in an abusive relationship

The images were only ever of clenched fists, bruised eyes, children cowering in corners, fragile, working-class women, and droplets of bright-red blood.

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Domestic abuse victims say reporting on violence must change

Domestic abuse victims say reporting on violence must change

The Hart brothers, who have written a book about their experience of coercive control, say more needs to be done to recognise control as abuse.

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Special report: A 'coming of age' in how we understand domestic violence

Special report: A 'coming of age' in how we understand domestic violence

Criminalising coercive control in the home will keep women alive but the law has yet to be implemented, says social change agency Safe Ireland.

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Agency believes new act could make Ireland world leader in safety for women and children

Agency believes new act could make Ireland world leader in safety for women and children

Ireland could become the safest country in the world for women and children.

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Domestic violence Bill passes final stages in Dáil

Domestic violence Bill passes final stages in Dáil

New laws on domestic violence have passed the final stages in the Dáil.

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Domestic violence advert campaign faces axe

Domestic violence advert campaign faces axe

The Government may have to pull its multimillion-euro publicity campaign on domestic violence after victims said it insults them.

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'He stabbed my little girl' - Eight-year-old girl dies after 'domestic incident' in UK

'He stabbed my little girl' - Eight-year-old girl dies after 'domestic incident' in UK

Latest: A shocked mother told neighbours her "little girl" had been stabbed as they tried to comfort her after the knife attack in Brownhills, near Walsall, England last night.

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Latest: Government to review €150 contribution fee for domestic abuse victims

Latest: Government to review €150 contribution fee for domestic abuse victims

Update 1.25pm: A review of the legal aid fee for victims of domestic violence is underway, it was announced today.

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Domestic violence charity ’disappointed’ at conviction of actor who took part in awareness campaign

Domestic violence charity ’disappointed’ at conviction of actor who took part in awareness campaign

Safe Ireland says it’s disappointed that a man they worked with has pleaded guilty to assaulting his partner.

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