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The number of domestic violence incidents resulting in a charge or summons during that March to November period has increased by almost 13 per cent. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Domestic violence is worsening as the coronavirus pandemic has continued, with women now coming forward to seek help in record numbers and reporting t(...)

Women’s Aid chief executive Sarah Benson  and Linda Smith, manager of the Women’s Aid 24hr National Helpline at the unveiling of a new ‘Too Into You’ Mural, at the Button Factory, in Temple Bar by artist KINMX. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

One in five young people aged 25 or younger have experienced abuse by a current or former partner, a study commissioned by Women’s Aid has found. The(...)

Lockdown has been a time of unprecedented danger for people in abusive relationships. Photograph: iStock

In the beginning, he was everything Kate could have asked for in a partner. He was generous. He made her laugh. He would drive an hour just to pick he(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris told a Women’s Aid online  seminar there had been a 20 per cent increase in call outs to domestic violence incidents since the end of March. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Gardaí have responded to more than 27,000 incidents of domestic violence since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, a seminar has heard, with the numbe(...)

The programme for government describes domestic violence as an “epidemic”. Photograph: Getty Images

Organisations working to combat domestic violence are “deeply concerned” at moves they say will “downgrade” the issue by moving it out of the Departme(...)

Johnny Depp libel trial: Amber Heard (centre) and her ex-husband have accused each other of assault and abuse. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Even by tabloid standards it’s a giddy front-page headline. “Sensational claims of violence, drug binges and bizarre bedroom pranks – as Johnny Depp c(...)

The Women’s Aid national freephone line has answered over 4,000 calls since March this year

Women reported being strangled, raped and beaten to a national domestic violence helpline, where calls have increased by almost 40 per cent compared w(...)

Childline helpline volunteer Donal Barrett. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

With the country in lockdown and everyone spending much more time at home, vulnerable people are facing even more challenges than they normally would.(...)

Women’s Aid team has heard reports of women going outside to their car or garden shed to make contact due to a lack of privacy during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Just as domestic abuse victims are being urged to contact services that remain open during the coronavirus outbreak, concerns have emerged that many t(...)

Social distancing is 'just impossible'  in a communal refuge, Dundalk Women’s Aid manager Ann Larkin said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Four families of women and children fleeing domestic violence had to leave their refuge in Dundalk in the last fortnight for their own safety amid con(...)

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