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Day 16, final day of the 16 Days of Action Campaign!

Today is Day 16 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign, Human Rights Day,  and here are some of the events taking place:

Women’s Aid Events:

  • 16 Facts for 16 Days email campaign (email 16days@womensaid.ie or phone 01-8684721 to sign up)
  • 16 Books for 16 Days in Chapters
  • Women’s Aid Public Awareness Campaign
  • Women’s Aid Online Advertising Campaign
  • Women’s Aid ‘Support a Friend’ Phone Charm Campaign

Events Around Ireland:

  • Near 90 FM’s “A Woman’s Voice” Broadcast
  • Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition continues in Waterford
  • Displays at various venues around Mayo
  • Human Rights in Ireland continue their 16 Days Campaign daily blog
  • “In Her Shoes” exhibition in Longford, and also in the Mid-West
  • Information Stands are placed around Sligo and Leitrim
  • Aoibhneas Refuge urges all of us to “Step Out of the Shadows”
  • Clare Women’s Network is running a powerful daily poster campaign
  • Galway Rape Crisis Network is running a daily fact campaign
  • Donegal has a poetry and art display
  • The final Art Workshop of the series will take place in Kildare
  • The final Wellness Workshop of the series will also take place in Kildare
  • Tipperary hosts Human Rights Based Training

Cyber Events:

  • Take Back the Tech continue their fabulous campaign with daily actions that are available to everyone! (www.takebackthetech.net)

International Events:

  • Kenya North Rift Women Voices training events in Kenya
  • FemLINKpacific Community Radio Broadcasts in the Figi Islands

There are also lots of messages of support for the Campaign from a variety of important Irish people and organisations, and from some international organisations, explaining why the 16 Days Campaign is so important to each of them. Use these events and campaigns to get involved yourself, and share the information with your friends and family!

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Domestic Violence Special Feature, Glow Magazine

GLOW, Ireland’s No.1 Health and Lifestyle Magazine have included an excellent four page special feature on domestic violence in the December/January edition, now in all good newsagents.

The article explores the impact of the recession on women living with domestic violence and steps to guard against financial abuse.  The article goes on to look at how we can help a friend who is experiencing domestic violence.

The article finished with an outline of how Women’s Aid can help women who are being abused as well as ways readers can support the 16 Days of Action Campaign.

Pick up your copy today.

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Day 14 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign

Today is Day 14 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign and here are some of the events taking place:

Women’s Aid Events:

  • 16 Facts for 16 Days email campaign (email 16days@womensaid.ie or phone 01-8684721 to sign up)
  • 16 Books for 16 Days in Chapters
  • Women’s Aid Public Awareness Campaign
  • Women’s Aid Online Advertising Campaign
  • Women’s Aid ‘Support a Friend’ Phone Charm Campaign

Events Around Ireland:

  • Information Stand and Ribbon Display in McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny
  • The ‘Lantern Experience’ in Belmullet
  • March of Hope in Portlaoise
  • Near 90 FM’s “A Woman’s Voice” Broadcast
  • Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition continues in Waterford
  • Displays at various venues around Mayo
  • Human Rights in Ireland continue their 16 Days Campaign daily blog
  • “In Her Shoes” exhibition in Longford, and also in the Mid-West
  • Information Stands are placed around Sligo and Leitrim
  • Aoibhneas Refuge urges all of us to “Step Out of the Shadows”
  • Clare Women’s Network is running a powerful daily poster campaign
  • Galway Rape Crisis Network is running a daily fact campaign
  • Donegal has a poetry and art display

Cyber Events:

  • Take Back the Tech continue their fabulous campaign with daily actions that are available to everyone! (www.takebackthetech.net)

International Events:

  • Kenya North Rift Women Voices training events in Kenya
  • FemLINKpacific Community Radio Broadcasts in the Figi Islands

There are also lots of messages of support for the Campaign from a variety of important Irish people and organisations, and from some international organisations, explaining why the 16 Days Campaign is so important to each of them. Use any of these events and campaigns as a way to get involved yourself, and share the information with your friends and family!

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16 Facts for 16 Days – Days 10-12

Day 10: Domestic Violence and the legal system

Only 29% of women who had experienced severe abuse had reported it to An Garda Síochána.

[National Crime Council and ESRI, Domestic Abuse of Women and Men in Ireland, 2005]

In 2008, there were 10,401 applications for protective orders under the Domestic Violence Act (1996).  3,096 barring orders were applied for and 1,251 were granted. In the same year 1,502 Safety Orders were granted, 617 were refused and 1,209 struck out/withdrawn. 2,955 protection orders were granted whilst 256 were refused and 138 struck out/withdrawn.

[Central Statistics Office (2009) Court Services Statistics for 2008]

There were 1,184 incidents of Breaching Domestic Violence Orders Offences in 2006. This resulted in 349 convictions.  95% of persons convicted were male. 

[Central Statistics Office (2008) Garda Recorded Crime Statistics 2003-2006]

National research carried out in 1999 found that between 1% and 6% of domestic violence offenders in Ireland receive a prison sentence.

[Kelleher & O’Connor, Safety and Sanctions, Women’s Aid, 1999]

Click here for a message of support from Senator Ivana Bacik and to read Karen’s story.

Day 11: Obstacles to Leaving

Almost a fifth (18%) of callers to the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline in 2008 disclosed that they were abused by an ex-spouse or partner.  The types of abuse disclosed after the relationship has ended included: physical and sexual assaults, stalking, publicly humiliating the woman, and damage to her new home and property.

[Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline & Support Services Annual Statistics 2008]

In 2008, women could not be accommodated at refuge on more than 1,722 recorded occasions..

[SAFE Ireland (2009) 2008 Annual Statistics]

In Making the Links, the single biggest reason why women did not leave violent partners was having nowhere to go (88%). 44% of women cited fear of further violence as their reason for not leaving.

[O’Connor, M, & Kelleher Associates, Making the Links, Women’s Aid, 1995]

30% of victims who disclosed being severely abused said that the abuse continued after the relationship had ended.

[National Crime Council & ESRI (2005) Domestic Abuse of Women and Men in Ireland]

Click here for a message of support from Sharon O’Halloran and to read Geraldine’s story.

Day 12: Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation

Between January 2007 and September 2008, 102 women were identified by ten services as being trafficked into or through Ireland. These women were aware of a further 64 women who were trafficked into Ireland.  None of the 102 women knew they were specifically being recruited for the sex industry.

[Kelleher Associates (2009) Globalisation, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution: The Experiences of Migrant  Women in Ireland, Dublin: Immigrant Council of Ireland.]

Approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across national borders. Approximately 80% of these people are women and girls and up to 50% are minors.  The majority of these women and girls are trafficked into commercial sexual exploitation.

[Trafficking in Persons Report, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, US Department of State, June 2007]

The annual global profits made from human trafficking for forced commercial sexual exploitation are estimated at US$27.8billion.

[Forced Labour and Human Trafficking: Estimating the Profits Working Paper, ILO, Geneva, 2005]

1 in 15 men in Ireland reported that they buy sex. 25% of men who bought sex stated that they had met a woman who they felt was being forced into prostitution.

[Layte et al (2006) The Irish Study of Sexual Health & Relationships, Dublin: Crisis Pregnaqncy Agency & Department of Health & Children; Escort Surveys  (2006) Irish Escort Client Surveys]

In a study of 30 women engaged in street prostitution in Dublin, 80% had been attacked while working in prostitution. Of these, nearly half (48%) had been assaulted by a partner.

[Haughey & Bacik (2000) Final Report: A Study of Prostitution in Dublin, Law School, Trinity College Dublin]

Click here for a message of support from Denise Charlton and to read Tatyana’s story.

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Day 11 of the 16 Days of Action

Women’s Aid Events:

  • 16 Facts for 16 Days email campaign (email 16days@womensaid.ie or phone 01-8684721 to sign up)
  • 16 Books for 16 Days in Chapters Bookstore on Parnell Street, Dublin 1
  • Women’s Aid Online Advertising Campaign
  • Women’s Aid ‘Support a Friend’ Phone Charm Campaign

Events Around Ireland:

  • Lilac Ribbon Freedom from Pornography Campaign in Dublin
  • Near 90 FM’s “A Woman’s Voice” Broadcast
  • Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition continues in Wexford
  • Displays at various venues around Mayo
  • Human Rights in Ireland continue their 16 Days Campaign daily Blog
  • “In Her Shoes” exhibition in Longford, and also in the Mid-West
  • Information Stands are placed around Sligo and Leitrim
  • Aoibhneas Refuge urges all of us to “Step Out of the Shadows”
  • Clare Women’s Network is running a powerful daily poster campaign
  • Galway Rape Crisis Network is running a daily fact campaign
  • Donegal has a poetry and art display

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Day 10 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign

Today is Day 10 of the Campaign, Freedom From Pornography Day, and here are some of the events taking place:

Women’s Aid Events:

  • 16 Facts for 16 Days email campaign (email 16days@womensaid.ie or phone 01-8684721 to sign up)
  • 16 Books for 16 Days in Chapters
  • Women’s Aid Public Awareness Campaign
  • Women’s Aid Online Advertising Campaign
  • Women’s Aid ‘Support a Friend’ Phone Charm Campaign

Events Around Ireland:

  • Coffee Morning and Poster Display in Athy
  • Wellness Workshop in Kildare
  • Lilac Ribbon Campaign begins in Dublin
  • Near 90 FM’s “A Woman’s Voice” Broadcast
  • Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition continues in Wexford
  • Displays at various venues around Mayo
  • Human Rights in Ireland continue their 16 Days Campaign daily Blog
  • “In Her Shoes” exhibition in Longford, and also in the Mid-West
  • Information Stands are placed around Sligo and Leitrim
  • Aoibhneas Refuge urges all of us to “Step Out of the Shadows”
  • Clare Women’s Network is running a powerful daily poster campaign
  • Galway Rape Crisis Network is running a daily fact campaign
  • Donegal has a poetry and art display

International Events:

  • Kenya North Rift Women Voices training events in Kenya
  • FemLINKpacific Community Radio Broadcasts in the Figi Islands

There are also several messages of support for the Campaign from a variety of important Irish people and organisations, and from some international organisations, explaining why the 16 Days Campaign is so important to each of them. Use any of these events and campaigns as a way to get involved yourself, and share the information with your friends and family!

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16 Facts for 16 Days – Days 7-9

Day 7: Domestic Violence and Health/Pregnancy

Women who have experienced domestic violence are at an increased risk of depression and suicide attempts; physical injuries; psychosomatic disorders; unwanted pregnancies; HIV and other STDs; being killed by a partner.

[World Health Organisation, World Report on Violence and Health, 2002]

International research shows that 25% of women who experience domestic violence are physically assaulted for the first time during pregnancy.

[[RCM (2006) Royal College of Midwives UK Domestic Abuse: A Position Paper]

5% of women in Ireland who experienced severe abuse in an intimate relationship suffered a miscarriage as a result of the abuse.

[National Crime Council and ESRI, Domestic Abuse of Women and Men in Ireland, 2005]

A study conducted by the Rotunda Maternity Hospital found that in a sample of 400 pregnant women, 1 in 8 had experienced abuse while they were pregnant.

[O’Donnell S, Fitzpatrick John M, McKenna PF, Abuse in Pregnancy – The Experience of Women, Nov 2000, Vol.98, No. 8]

Click here to see a message of support from Sam Coulter Smith and to read Aoife’s story.

Day 8: Domestic Violence & Injury

In 2008, there were 3,355 incidents of physical abuse disclosed to the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline. Reported physical abuse included being gagged and beaten; held down and choked to the point of unconsciousness; severely bitten; having chunks of hair fall out after being pulled around by it; and attempts at setting the woman on fire.

[Women’s Aid National Helpline and Support Services Annual Statistics Report 2008]

49% of women injured by their partner’s violence required medical treatment and 10% required a hospital stay.

[National Crime Council and ESRI, Domestic Abuse of Women and Men in Ireland, 2005]

Irish research found that of women who had experienced violent behaviour, 46% had been injured. Serious violent incidents were common, 10% of women were punched in the face; 10% punched or kicked on the body, arms, or legs; 9% choked; and 9% forced to have sex.

[Bradley, F, et al. (2002) Reported Frequency of Domestic Violence; Cross sectional survey of women attending general practice. British Medical Journal; Vol. 324]

For women aged 15-44 worldwide, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined.

[WHO (1997) Violence Against Women: A Priority Health Issue]

Click here to see a message of support from Sonya Lennon and to read Fiona’s story.

Day 9: The Economic Cost of Domestic Violence

The estimated economic cost of domestic violence to the Irish economy is €2.2billion a year. This is based on the Council of Europe (COE) figure that domestic violence costs each member state €555 per citizen (amounting to a total cost of €33 billion for the whole COE) annually in policing, health bills, lost productivity and court procedures.

[Ahern, TD, Dermot, Minister for Justice, speaking at the International Conference on Domestic Violence, Waterford, May 2008, quoted in ‘Domestic Violence costs the country €2.2bn’, The Irish Examiner, 30.5.08]

In Northern Ireland, £180,000,000 is the estimated total annual cost of domestic violence.

[Joint NIO/DHSSPS Strategy (2005) Tackling Violence at Home]

In Australia, it is estimated that if domestic violence against women was eliminated, potential costs savings of $207 million in the health sector and $1,801 million in production and leisure costs could be realised over time.

[Cadilhac, DA et al (2009) The health and economic benefits of reducing disease factors, Deakin University]

Click here to see a message of support from Claire Byrne and to read the specific costs of domestic violence in the UK.

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