Women’s Aid 16 Facts for 16 Days Email Awareness Campaign, Day 1-3

Thousands of people receive the daily ‘16 Facts for 16 Days’ email from Women’s Aid which contains the latest national and international statistics on violence against women, messages of support for the campaign and women’s accounts of abuse.  Women’s Aid encourage recepients to forward the emails to friends, supporters, and members during the campaign.  If you’d like to get the 16 Facts for 16 Days email direct to your inbox sign up today – email 16days@womensaid.ie or phone 01-8684721.

Day 1: Wednesday 25th November 2009 (UN Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women)

Prevalence of Violence against Women in Ireland

1 in 5 of Irish women who have been in a relationship have been abused by a current or former partner. [O’Connor, M, & Kelleher Associates (1995) Making the Links, Women’s Aid]

In 2008, there were 15,158 incidents of domestic violence disclosed to the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline made up of 9,101 incidents of emotional abuse, 3,355 incidents of physical abuse, 1,900 incidents of financial abuse and 802 incidents of sexual abuse, including281 rapes within relationships. [Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline & Support Services Annual Statistics 2008]

In a one-day survey on 4th November 2008, 263 women and 216 children were accommodated and/or received support from a domestic violence service; 239 helpline calls were received from women; 17 women and 15 children were admitted to refuge; 6 women could not be accommodated due to lack of space. [SAFE IRELAND (2009) ‘On the 4th November 2008’: A national one day count of women and children accessing Safe Ireland domestic violence services]

1 in 7 women in Ireland have experienced severe abuse, defined as ‘a pattern of physical, emotional or sexual behaviours between partners in an intimate relationship that causes, or risks causing, significant negative consequences for the person affected’. [National Crime Council and ESRI (2005)Domestic Abuse of Women and Men in Ireland]

On average, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) responds to a domestic incident every 23 minutes of every day. [Northern IrelandPolice Board (2009) Thematic Inquiry: Domestic Abuse]

Click here for a message of support from Rebecca Miller and to read some of one woman’s first-hand account of domestic violence in Ireland.

Day 2: Thursday 26th November 2009

Violence against Women Globally

International research consistently demonstrates that a woman is more likely to be assaulted, injured, raped, or killed by a current or former partner than by any other person. Findings from nearly 80 population-bases studies indicate that between 10% and 60% of women who have ever been partnered have experienced at least one incident of physical violence from a current or former partner. [Ellsberg & Heise, 2005, WHO Multi-country Study on women’s health and domestic violence]

25% of all violent crimes reported involve a man assaulting his wife or partner. [EU Campaign Against Domestic Violence, 2000]

At least 1 in 3 women, or up to one billion women, have been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes. Usually, the abuser is a member of her own family or someone known to her. [Heise, L, Ellsberg, M, Ending Violence against Women, 1999]

An estimated 150 million girls under 18 experienced some form of sexual violence in the year 2002 alone. [According to the WHO based on Ezzati et al (2004) Comparative Quantification of Health Risks: Global & Regional Burden of Disease Attributable to Selected Major Risk Factors]

Click here to see a message of support from Mary Robinson and to read three women’s stories from around the world.

Day 3: Friday 27th November 2009

Sexual Violence against Women

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre carried out 9,487 counselling calls in 2008.  86% of callers were female. Trained volunteers at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre attended the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit with 284 victims in 2008.  [DublinRape Crisis Centre (DRCC) Annual Report 2008]

Callers to the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline in 2008 disclosed 802 incidents of sexual abuse including 281 incidents of rape. (However, there has only been one successful conviction under the law criminalising rape within marriage since its induction in 1990.) [Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline & Support Services Annual Statistics 2008]

8% of women in Ireland have experienced severe sexual abuse in intimate relationships. [National Crime Council and ESRI (2005) Domestic Abuse of Women and Men in Ireland]

Almost one quarter (23.6%) of perpetrators of sexual violence against women as adults are intimate partners or ex-partners. [McGee H et al (2002) SAVI: Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland, The Liffey Press in Association with Dublin Rape Crisis Centre]

More than 4 in 10 (42%) women in Ireland have experienced some form of sexual abuse or assault in their lifetime. [McGee H et al (2002) SAVI: Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland, The Liffey Press in Association with Dublin Rape Crisis Centre]

Click here to see a message of support from Ruth Gilligan, author and to read one woman’s account of her own experience.

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