Posts Tagged ‘domestic violence’

Walsh on Domestic Violence Law Reform in France

March 2, 2010 2 comments

We are pleased to welcome a second guest post from Kieran Walsh of UCC and Griffith College Cork. You can read more about Kieran on the guest contributors page.

France is currently updating its domestic abuse laws. The legislation has been passed by the lower house and now awaits senate approval. There has been unusual cross-party support for the new provisions which have provoked considerable derision in the Anglophone blogosphere. There are two key changes which have been made to the law: the criminalisation of psychological abuse in intimate relationships and the tagging of people barred from the family home.

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Enright on Budget 2010: Women, Poverty & Violence

December 10, 2009 2 comments

This post is HRinI’s final contribution to the 16 days campaign. It relies heavily on the National Women’s Council of Ireland Pre-Budget Submission 2010. Whether or not this budget represents a last ‘big push’ towards economic recovery,  for many Irish women it is not a push from manageable to bearable. It is a push from just about bearable to unsupportable.

Women had tended to enter this recession on a weak footing, because many women work ‘flexible’, informal and part-time jobs which enable them to find time for caring responsibilities within the family; these, of course, are still a significant factor in women’s career decisions. Women in such jobs have tended to lose ‘hours’ as a result of the economic downturn. (Caring responsibilities have also exerted pressure from another direction as some employers have cut back on supports for family women in an effort to save money).

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16 Days: Day 1

November 25, 2009 1 comment

The 16 Days of Activism is an international  campaign, which has been used as an organizing strategy by groups and individuals around the world who are calling for an end to violence against women.  The campaign is detailed here. The campaign begins today because November 25 is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (resources here).

HRinI is going to mark the 16 days campaign by posting links to one campaign or issue touching on violence against women every day for the duration of the 16 days.

Today we are featuring the Irish Women’s Aid 16 Days Campaign, which you can find out about here. The theme for 2009 is ‘Breaking the Silence’.

Update: Details of Banúlacht’s conference to mark the 16 Days of Action, which will take place in Limerick tomorrow, are here.

Women and Children First?

October 14, 2009 1 comment

The new Programme For Government addresses the issue of domestic violence (at p. 72) and pledges in particular that the government will ‘set up a Domestic Violence Fund under which we will increase the number of refuge spaces.’ Yesterday – on the same day that the children’s organisation Barnardo’s reported a serious shortfall in its funding – the national representative body for women’s frontline domestic violence services Safe Ireland launched two important reportsSafety and Change and On the 4th November 2008 – which underscore the importance of making this promise a reality. Launching the reports, the Director of Safe Ireland, Sharon O’ Halloran said:

“I would like to be able to tell you we are making significant progress to eradicate this violence, but I cannot. What I will tell you is that services are being cut back all the time by this Government, that services are stretched and cannot stretch any more…We are hearing talk of cuts of up to 30 per cent to some services. That’s staff, resources, supports all being cut, at a time when demand is up. As I said, we know it increased 21 per cent last year and we know it’s going to be further up this year.”

Safety and Change is an evaluation of Irish women’s refuges by Prof Cris Sullivan of Michigan State University which surveys the views of women who have used their services. The evaluation is a fantastic resource – the first of its kind in Europe – and will reward in-depth reading. On the 4th November 2008 presents a census. Safe Ireland counted the number of women  and  children  receiving  support  and  accommodation from its organisations due  to  domestic  violence within  a  24  hour period. The following graphics are taken from the census document. The 6 women represented in the last graphic form part of a group of 1,722 women who could not be accommodated at refuges last year due to lack of space.


Domestic Violence, Women’s Aid and the Economic Crisis

September 16, 2009 Leave a comment

womensaidWomen’s Aid today released their statistics for people accessing their services in 2008. The statistics make for depressing, although perhaps not altogether surprising, reading. The statistics show that the Women’s Aid helpline received more than 10,000 calls in 2008, carried out over 400 support visits, and accompanied people to court on over 160 occasions.

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