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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is the intentional and persistent physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of a woman and her children in a way that causes pain, distress or injury and can lead to loss of life.

We believe women and children have a right to live free from all forms of violence and abuse, and society has a duty to recognise and defend this right.

Domestic Abuse – The Facts

  • Domestic abuse includes rape and murder.
  • Domestic abuse is a human rights violation.
  • One in four women will experience domestic abuse.
  • Domestic abuse affects women of all ages, from young teenagers to women in their 80s and 90s.
  • Over 30% of domestic abuse starts during pregnancy.
  • Domestic abuse is a repeat crime that increases in frequency and severity over time.
  • Women are on average assaulted 35 times before they seek help.
  • It is estimated that 32,000 children are living with domestic abuse in Northern Ireland (UNICEF 2006).
  • Domestic abuse is estimated to cost the Northern Ireland economy £180 million per year


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