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75pc of female helpline callers were abused by male partners

75pc of female helpline callers were abused by male partners

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75pc of female helpline callers were abused by male partners

WOMEN'S Aid has revealed that almost three-quarters of the women who contacted them for help last year were receiving abuse at the hands of an intimate male partner.

The charity are launching their annual report for 2013 today, revealing that they had received almost 17,254 calls last year, disclosing 17,855 incidents of domestic violence.

Of the callers to the helpline, 74pc revealed that they were suffering at the hands of a male sexual partner - 57pc of these were current husbands or partners and 17pc were former intimate partners.

While 39pc of the callers did not disclose their location, more than a quarter had come from outside Dublin.

First-time callers accounted for 30pc of the interactions on the helpline and 58pc admitted to living with the abuse for more than six years.

Women's Aid said that the abuse ranged from physical to emotional, and that some victims were beaten so badly they required hospitalisation.

The organisation are this year marking their 40th year in service, and are calling for a "total change to domestic violence structures in Ireland". "Having legislation is one thing, the hardest thing however is making it real," a spokesperson for the organisation said.

Irish Independent