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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence 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 Violence – The Facts

  • Domestic violence includes rape and murder.
  • Domestic violence is a human rights violation.
  • One in four women will experience domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence affects women of all ages, from young teenagers to women in their 80s and 90s.
  • Over 30% of domestic violence starts during pregnancy.
  • Domestic violence 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 violence in Northern Ireland (UNICEF 2006).
  • Domestic violence is estimated to cost the Northern Ireland economy £180 million per year


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