Friday 24 March 2017

Half of Irish women subjected to sexual harassment, report finds

Workplace sexual harassment
Workplace sexual harassment
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

One in every two Irish women has experienced sexual harassment at some point in their lives, while one in four have been victims of physical violence, according to a major new report.

The findings are based on data from 58 different agencies funded by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

The report collated information from 16 rape crisis centres and 42 services providing support for victims of domestic violence during 2015.

It is the first time this has been done.

Other findings include:

  • One in four adults have experienced physical or sexual assault;
  • Almost 25,000 adults who experienced domestic violence received support from domestic violence organisations last year;
  • Over 2,000 women and families, including 2,600 children were supported in refuges in 2015.
  • Over 3,000 adults and nearly 200 children who experience sexual violence were supported in rape crisis centres.
  • In 2015 nearly 30,000 people received help via face-to-face services, outreach services, accommodation and helpline services.
  • Over one in ten adults who used face to face supports were men.
  • Almost a quarter of families made homeless in March 2016 cited domestic violence as a cause of homelessness.

Tusla said the document, called ‘Working Report on 2015 Services, Activities and Use: Towards Evidence Informed Services,’ represented the first stage in a major information project on domestic, sexual and gender based violence.

It is hoped the data can help improve responses victims affected by these forms of violence.

Joan Mullan, a national manager at Tusla, said: “The numbers in the report are not just data, they are the summary of the real life stories of the adults, children and families that frontline services work with.”

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