The first EU wide survey, by the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights, has revealed some startling statistics regarding violence against women.
The research revealed that approximately eight per cent of Irish women experienced sexual violence since the age of 15; while the European average was 11 per cent. In terms of the Irish-based statistics, almost half (48 per cent) of Irish women experience sexual violence from a non-partner and, moreover, decided not to approach the authorities or any kind of support service afterwards. Two-thirds of these women emphasized that they did not go to authorities/support services because they felt prepared to handle the experience themselves or because the prepetrator was a friend/family member.
Director of Rape Crisis Network Ireland Fiona Neary said:
This survey confirms that sexual violence against women and girls is pervasive and pandemic across Europe.
Yet, since 2009 funding for rape crisis frontline services has been cut by 16.5 per cent with further cuts planned for 2014. Neary continued:
These cuts were to a sector that was already chronically under resourced and have been so unevenly distributed that in fact the centre with the lowest funding was cut by over 30%.
The visualisations below speak volumes:
Emotional response to the most serious incident of physical and/or sexual violence by a partner since the age of 15:
Experiencing any form of stalking from the age of 15:
In general, how common do think that violence against women is in your country:
Find the complete research here: http://fra.europa.eu/DVS/DVT/vaw.php