WHAT IS THE 16 DAY CAMPAIGN?
The 16 Days Campaign is an international campaign started in 1991 by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership in New Jersey. Since then, over 2,000 organisations in 154 countries have taken part. In Ireland, the 16 Days Campaign continues to gather momentum since the first Women’s Aid public action outside Dáil Éireann in November 1996.
The dates, 25th November (International Day Opposing Violence Against Women) and 10th December (International Human Rights Day) symbolically link violence against women and human rights to show that such violence is a violation of a woman’s human rights.
THE ‘HOME TRUTHS’ ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN IRELAND
– 1 in 5 Irish women have experienced domestic violence.
– In 2007, the Women’s Aid National Helpline responded to almost 12,000 calls. There were 8,012 incidents of emotional abuse, 2,457 incidents of physical abuse and 1,408 incidents of economic abuse disclosed. In the same year, 593 incidents of sexual abuse were disclosed to Helpline support workers including 248 rapes.
– Since 1996, 146 women have been murdered in Ireland. 92(63%) of these women were murdered in their own homes. Of all of the resolved cases 50% were murdered by a partner or ex-partner.
– 1 in 4 perpetrators of sexual violence against adult women are partners or former partners.
– 1 in 8 women surveyed in a Dublin maternity hospital had experienced domestic violence while they were pregnant.
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