Breaking the Silence

 16 Days LogoTHE WOMEN’S AID 16 Days Campaign Theme for 2009 is ‘Breaking the Silence around Domestic Violence’.  Our campaign logo reflects the reality of ‘home’ for the 1 in 5 women in Ireland who experience physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse in intimate relationships.

Women’s Aid will focus on the reality of the abuse many women experience behind closed doors, when the world isn’t looking. We will, through a series of campaign actions, encourage everyone to take part in the campaign and to make women’s voices heard.

The 16 Days Campaign provides us all with the opportunity to break the silence around domestic violence.  We hope you can join with us.  By organising events in our local communities that highlight the issue of domestic violence and promote the services available for women, we make the issue visible, we give hope to women who are suffering and we hold perpetrators of abuse to account.

Our series of actions include:

Public Action outside Dáil Éireann, 25th November 2009: Women’s Aid will launch our 16 Days Campaign with a public action outside Dáil Éireann at 11am on Wednesday 25th November 2009.  Staff, volunteers and supporters will highlight the underside of intimate relationships at the event. 

’16 FACTS FOR 16 DAYS’ Email Campaign: Join the thousands of people who receive the daily ’16 Facts for 16 Days’ email to get the latest national and international statistics on violence against women delivered to your inbox each day of the campaign.  Women’s Aid encourage recepients to forward the emails to friends, supporters and members during the campaign.  Sign up today – email 16days@womensaid.ie or phone 01-8684721.

Women’s Aid Public Awareness Campaign: This year Women’s Aid will use the 16 Days Campaign to promote the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline and our one to one support and court accompaniment services.  The campaign will also raise public awareness of the prevalence and nature of domestic violence in Ireland.  This will include a national online and traditional media campaign which will profile the 16 Days Campaign and raise awareness of domestic violence. 

Media Briefing Notes: Women’s Aid has produced four additional media briefing notes which can be used during the 16 Days Campaign to highlight some of the key issues and statistics relating to domestic violence.  The four areas covered are:

  • Domestic violence and pregancy
  • Domestic violence and young women
  • Financial abuse
  • The economic cost of domestic violence

We have also updated the four briefing notes from last year’s campaign which covered the areas of: domestic violence and children, domestic violence and human rights, what is domestic violence, and domestic violence and female homicide.  These briefing notes are available in the Campaign Resources section of this blog.

Women’s Aid are organising a number of other campaign actions during the 16 Days and we will update the information on the blog closer to the time.

If you have any queries or would like to support the campaign please email 16days@womensaid.ie or phone 01-8684721.

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