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Campaign to target domestic violence

ALMOST 8,000 women and some 3,000 children were supported by domestic violence charities in 2011, with almost 4,000 admitted to a refuge.

Safe Ireland, which represents frontline domestic violence services, also revealed that the number of women who have been given help over the last five years soared by more than 55pc.

Safe Ireland's Sharon O'Halloran said the figures are horrific and a sad indictment of Irish society, adding: "We are dealing with a crime that is committed nearly every hour and certainly every day of the year."

The charity launched a new ad campaign to get perpetrators to "man up" about domestic violence.

Ms O'Halloran said it switches the focus from the needs and views of survivors to the actions and words of those who control and abuse -- mostly men.

She said: "The more the perverse message of abusers is shared beyond closed doors, the more it will be exposed, challenged and changed."