As a member of Safe Ireland, the national advocacy network of refuges and support service in Ireland, we contribute to research and reports published by Safe Ireland, for example the annual one day census and the outcome evaluation reports. Please visit www.safeireland.ie for more information.
Domestic abuse occurs in all countries and in all social classee and crosses all age, race, religious, sexual orientation boundaries. Here in Ireland, it is reported that as high as 1 in 4 women has experienced Domestic Abuse at some point in their lives, whether in childhood, past or present relationships. Domestic Abuse includes non-verbal intimidation such as persistent emotional blackmail and enforced social or financial deprivation and damage to property / belongings.
It is well known that because of the huge level of under-reporting about violence in the home, official study figures like these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the actual incidence of Domestic Violence in society. The reporting of sexual violence in intimate relationships remains one of the lowest reported crimes in Irish society still.