Friday 28 November 2014

Fifteen per cent of Irish women have experienced physical or sexual abuse by partner

Published 05/03/2014 | 10:12

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Some 15 per cent of Irish women (over 220,000) have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner.

Some 15 per cent of Irish women (over 220,000) have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner.

Almost one in three Irish women (31 per cent or 470,157) have experienced some form of psychological violence by a partner

Some 26 per cent of Irish women – or 394,325 women in 2012 – have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or non-partner since the age of 15, a survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (EU FRA) has revealed.

Almost one in three Irish women (31pc or 470,157 women) have experienced some form of psychological violence by a partner, and 15 pc of Irish women (227,495 women) have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner. 

Eight per cent have experienced sexual violence by a partner or non-partner.

Some 57 per cent of women said they had reasons for not contacting the police, following the most serious incident of violence.

The reasons included that they dealt with it themselves or involved a friend or a family member in the matter.

Some 12 per cent of Irish women reported that they have experienced stalking. And 19 per cent of young women said they had experienced cyber bullying.

Sharon O’Halloran, Director of SAFE Ireland, the national organisation of domestic violence services, said the European survey “confirms that we are dealing with the tip of the ice-berg in Ireland”.

She called on the Government to establish a high level cabinet sub-committee to address the prevalence, complexity and poor response to all forms for violence against women in Ireland.

The EU FRA interviewed 42,000 women aged 18-74 across the 28-nation bloc for its study.

This makes it was the most comprehensive of its kind to date both in the EU and worldwide.

The highest level of abuse was reported by women in Denmark (52pc), with the Netherlands (45pc) and France (44pc) among those above the EU average of 33pc.

Ireland was below the EU average at 26pc.

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