Half of Irish women have 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.
Data from 56 agencies funded by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, was used in the report which collated information from rape crisis centres and other services.
The Tusla findings also included that one in four adults have experienced physical or sexual assault.
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."
But in a dramatic twist, the report, the first of its kind in Ireland, provoked a furious backlash from the Rape Crisis Network Ireland last night.
The RCNI raised concerns about the content and accuracy of sections of the report, as well as data protection issues.
Tusla confirmed it had met the RCNI to discuss the concerns and was satisfied the report met required standards.