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Domestic Abuse Conference

25 January 2018

CUH/CUMH Biennial Domestic Abuse Conference

 

The CUH / CUMH Domestic Abuse Committee will hold it’s 2nd biennial conference in the main auditorium in the Cork University Hospital on Tuesday the 30th January 2018. This follows on from our first very successful conference in 2016. We are delighted to welcome a high calibre of conference speakers to CUH. The conference speakers, include Dr. Stephanie Holt from Trinity College Dublin, whose research interests are in the areas of children's experiences of domestic violence, child homicide and femicide, MS. Orla O’Grady from AMEN, which is Ireland’s only dedicated support service for male victims of domestic abuse in Ireland providing crisis intervention, helpline support and face to face supports to victims, Detective Garda David Noonan from the newly established Garda Protective Services Unit in Angelsea Street and Dr. Louise Crowley who is a family law expert and course director at the UCC Law Department.

We are overwhelmed with the interest in the conference this year and we are expecting 150 people to attend. We expect it an informative and thought provoking conference. We hope that the attendees will gain a greater understanding of the complexities of domestic abuse and that the conference will raise awareness of domestic abuse in the work we do with families and children.

Research undertaken indicates that domestic abuse remains a prevailing crisis in Ireland. Here are some of the concerning statistics about domestic abuse in Ireland.

  • While one in three women (33 %) has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since she was 15 years old.
  • Some 8 % of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in a 12 months period in 2013/2014.
  • Out of all women who have a (current or previous) partner, 22 % have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner since the age of 15.
  • In 2009, there were 4,868 contacts to Amen from a total of 2263 individuals.
  • Just over 70% of people consider domestic abuse to be a common problem in Ireland.

 

For more information on the conference, please contact orla.jennings@hse.ie