With the number of young women experiencing abuse in dating relationships on the rise, RTÉ confronts this reality in a revealing new online current affairs documentary series UPFRONT: Domestic Abuse, exclusive to RTÉ Player.
With one in five women experiencing domestic abuse in their lifetime, in this two part documentary, RTÉ reporter Della Kilroy talks to the women behind the statistics, who are survivors of domestic abuse in dating relationships.
The two-part online documentary delves into the different forms of domestic abuse, from physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, financial to online, and looks at the various support options available.
The series also features an interview with a perpetrator who is currently going through a rehabilitation programme.
The leading domestic abuse charity, Women’s Aid, recently reported that over 16,000 calls were made to the charity last year and that increasingly more young women are coming forward to report abuse in dating relationships. A study of over 1,000 young women by SHEmazing suggests that dating abuse affects 1 in 3 Irish women, with 60% thinking it was their fault.
According to An Garda Síochána, domestic abuse is “everywhere”, affecting women from all walks of life. However, the true scale of the problem is yet to be revealed. In 2014, the Garda Inspectorate Crime Investigation Report found that 45% of domestic violence calls were not recorded on the Pulse System.
In this online documentary for RTÉ Player, business women, students and mothers share their experience of abuse in many different situations; in dating relationships, while pregnant or married.
“By the time the first hit came, I was already a shell of a person. When you see the psychological signs, don’t ignore them. When it feels wrong, it is wrong.”
“He went to kiss me, and then just slapped me square across the jaw.”
“He never actually hit me until I was pregnant”
“What did you do to make me that angry with you?”
“I have a lot of scars to remind me today of all of the violence”
Speaking with a perpetrator about his understanding of what constituted domestic abuse, he said:
“The way I would have seen domestic violence was someone would have had to have a broken arm, or a woman would have had to be in a coma”
Researcher and reporter for the RTÉ Player series UPFRONT, Della Kilroy said:
“You might think you don’t know someone that has been affected by domestic abuse, but research suggests you probably do. One in five women in Ireland will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. This means that every day in Ireland, women are beaten, raped and even hospitalised leaving ongoing physical and mental health issues. This doesn’t just happen in the home, as evidence points to an increasing number of young women experiencing abuse in dating relationships.”
The online documentary series UPFRONT is a new current affairs strand on RTÉ Player; a collaboration between RTÉ’s News & Current Affairs, Television, Radio and RTÉ Player. Watch on RTÉ Player on Desktop or on the iOS and Android App
If you have been affected by any of these issues raised in these programmes, please contact:
AMEN 046 902 3718 or www.amen.ie
MEND 051 878866 www.mend.ie
Watch episode 1 (15 mins) http://bit.ly/UPFRONT-Part1
Watch episode 2 (11 mins) http://bit.ly/UPFRONT-Part2