It’s a difficult topic of conversation but one that can no longer be swept under the rug.
Domestic abuse is a prevalent issue in Irish society, with three in five people stating that they know someone who has been abused.
Despite this, there are a number of barriers that people face when it comes to taking action on domestic abuse.
In an attempt to make sure that people know how and when to speak out on this issue, a group of Irish celebrities have come together to raise awareness about domestic abuse.
The likes of Bláthnaid Treacy, Ellen Keane and Clare Dunne have all come together to share their support of the new initiative led by Allianz Insurance and Women’s Aid, Stand Strong.
Norah Casey, Ailbhe Smyth, Bronagh Gallager, Pauline McLynn, Victoria Smurfit and Tom Vaughan Lawlor have also come forward in support.
Stand Strong will be an annual movement to engage, educate, and empower the people of Ireland to help raise awareness of the issue of domestic abuse.
It will drive for zero tolerance while raising much-needed funds to support the work of Women’s Aid.
New research conducted by Red C found the most common barriers reported stopping people of all ages from taking action to help a friend or family member suspected of being in an abusive relationship include fear of making things worse for the person being abused (70%), fear being wrong about the situation (44%) and worrying about what will happen to themselves if the perpetrator finds out (31%).
You can learn more here.
If you are a woman experiencing domestic abuse, or you are concerned on behalf of someone else, please contact Women’s Aid’s National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900