Green Party Deputy Leader and Women’s Affairs spokesperson Mary White TD has welcomed the start of an international campaign to stop violence against women. The 16 Days Campaign began yesterday and aims to raise awareness and help break the silence about domestic violence in the home.
Deputy White said: “Violence against women remains one of the greatest and most common rights abuses today. Research has shown that one in five women in Ireland experience sexual violence as adults yet only 15% of these incidents will end in conviction.
“In 2008 there were over 15,000 incidents of domestic violence disclosed to the Womens’ Aid National Helpline. And disturbingly, one in eight women surveyed in a Dublin Maternity hospital had experienced domestic violence during pregnancy.
“During this campaign we must acknowledge the great work that volunteers in call centres and support centres do every day across Ireland. NGOs providing crisis and support services to women experiencing gender based violence must be adequately funded if we are to make any progress on the issue.
“As a Government TD I will be working to ensure the best supports are available for women suffering in troubled and violent relationships, particularly during this time of economic downturn when statistics show that violence can increase in the home when there are strains on the family income.”
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