National Databank

Research & Understanding

A core strategy for SAFE Ireland is to develop projects and processes to generate knowledge and learning. We continue to gather this knowledge and learning, understand it and act on it to progress our social change agenda and provide evidenced based leadership and expertise at national level.

National Databank

National data is an important tool to raise awareness of domestic violence in Ireland and to inform research, policy and service development.

Over the past ten years SAFE Ireland has worked closely with members to collate the country’s most consistent and recognised data relating to domestic violence service use. Over the past seven years SAFE Ireland has been able to publish national verifiable and accurate data relating to the number of women and children accessing domestic violence services. In order to capture the complexity of service delivery to women and children accessing our member’s services we have carried out an annual one-day census of domestic violence services. This methodology is based on learning from national domestic violence NGO’s globally and in particular the US National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

As a result of rigorous data collection methods we now have national data that quantifies and benchmarks the numbers of women and children accessing domestic violence services in Ireland. SAFE Ireland has identified the need for a web- based database to be developed and continues to try to acquire resources to progress this system.

Recent key data collection projects include:

“On Just One Tuesday on the 4th November 2014″
– A National One Day Count of Women and Children Accessing Domestic Violence Services in Ireland

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Some facts about domestic violence in Ireland in 2013

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“On Just One Day on the 5th November 2013″
– A National One Day Count of Women and Children Accessing SAFE IRELAND Domestic Violence Services

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Listening to Women

Central to our research is a direct engagement with women who experience domestic violence and with both state and non state service providers. 
SAFE Ireland has also been developing strategic relationships with a range of allies and we have engaged with Michigan State University and more recently University of Michigan on a number of research questions.


Healing the effects of Trauma 
Following a two-year research programme with the University of Michigan, a research report detailing the findings of a randomised clinical trial and a pilot healing intervention with women was published.

Healing from Domestic Violence and Trauma – Lessons learned from research on the biodynamic approach

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The Irish Legal System

SAFE Ireland completed work on a major legal research project which examined the way in which the whole legal system and legislation works for women as they try to achieve legal protection from domestic violence. This work, and its recommendations when implemented will have a significant impact for women trying to achieve legal protection from domestic violence.

The Lawlessness of the Home – Women’s experiences of seeking legal remedies to domestic violence and abuse in the Irish legal system

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Risk and Needs Assessment

In 2013 along with 5 other European partners, SAFE Ireland made a successful bid to the EU Justice Progress Fund to develop evidence based risk assessment toolkits for Justice Professionals. These will be available in 2016.

In 2014 SAFE Ireland commenced an EU Justice funded research project called INASC with 5 partners in Austria, Germany, The Netherlands and Portugal. The project aims to develop an evidence base to support justice professionals in assessing risk and women’s needs in line with requirements under the EU Victims Directive. See http://inasc.org/ for further details.

Effectiveness of Domestic Violence Orders

In 2014 along with our European partners we scored in the top 5% of bids to the EU Daphne fund which secured us funding to deliver a research programme which will explore the effectiveness of protection orders for women in Ireland and four other European countries.

In late 2014, the EU Daphne funded SNAP project commenced with partners in Austria, Germany, Poland and Portugal. This project will research the effectiveness of DV orders particularly with women who meet additional social barriers to safety and support. The project will conclude in 2016.

Homelessness

SAFE Ireland worked with Dr Padraic Kenna in NUI Galway to develop key recommendations to the National Steering Committee and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government in relation to changing the housing legislation to remove the legislative barriers to victims of DV accessing safe accommodation and establishing a clear definition of homelessness that includes domestic violence.

National One Day Census

A national census is a well recognised, valuable methodology used internationally. Annual one day counts have been carried out in the US since 2006 and the UK since 2005.

On just one day every year since 2008, 40 frontline domestic violence services in Ireland have participated in a national census co-ordinated by SAFE IRELAND.

On each census day we counted the number of women and children receiving support and accommodation due to domestic violence within a 24 hour period.

The purpose of this census was to obtain a sense of both the magnitude of the problem in Ireland and the amount of support currently being provided.

We carried out our first census in 2008 and the release of these figures raised significant awareness of the issue of domestic violence amongst the general public.

When presenting the results of the one day census, we also want to give an understanding of the context of these statistics; in particular we want to reflect that these figures represent real women and children experiencing domestic violence on a daily basis.

It is important to highlight that domestic violence may take many forms, and beyond the figures represented in our reports, there are many more stories and experiences not yet captured. There are many women and children who have not yet sought support and who continue to suffer in silence.

Domestic violence is still a silent crime in Ireland and we know that our member’s services are only dealing with the tip of the iceberg when it comes down to the actual reality.

Every woman’s experience may be different but every single one of those women, at risk or living in fear, has the right to safety and peace, as do her children if she has them. It is our basic human right to live free from violence.

“On Just One Tuesday on the 4th November 2014″
– A National One Day Count of Women and Children Accessing Domestic Violence Services in Ireland

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“On Just One Day on the 5th November 2013″
– A National One Day Count of Women and Children Accessing SAFE IRELAND Domestic Violence Services

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“On Just One Day on the 6th November 2012″
– A National One Day Count of Women and Children Accessing SAFE IRELAND Domestic Violence Services

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National One Day Census of Domestic Violence Services 2011

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Download “And Just Another Day On the 4th November 2010” (size 7.0Mb)

Download “In Just ONE Day On the 4th November 2009” (size 3.5Mb)

Download “On the 4th November” (size 1.5Mb)

Annual National Statistics

SAFE Ireland has developed a rigorous process for collecting high level data relating to the number of women and children accessing our members services.

The main purpose of this data collection is to contribute to a national picture of the extent of domestic violence as well as an annual indication of demand for services.

It is important to note that the annual statistics are not an indicator of the level of service provided as services are delivered based on need and this can vary considerably from woman to woman and child to child.

In addition to the annual statistics, SAFE Ireland also carries out a National One Day Census of domestic violence services. Click here for details >>

“National Domestic Violence Service Statistics 2014″

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2013 Factsheet

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2012 Factsheet

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2011 Factsheet

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2010 Factsheet

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2009 Factsheet

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2008 Factsheet

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