Abuse includes emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. Domestic violence is a term used to describe emotional, physical or sexual abuse from a family member or in a relationship.
When someone threatens, humiliates, bullies, intimidates, calls you worthless or belittles you. It can include things such as constant criticism; threats; being controlled by someone; being constantly put down; and having your things distroyed.
When a child, young, elderly or dependant person does not have enough food; care or supervision; clothing; medical care; or somewhere warm and clean to live. It can include things such as when a child's parents leave them alone for a long time, or do not provide enough food.
Abuse and domestic violence can happen to anyone. If you experience or see abuse - or domestic violence - this may impact on your mental health. Even if it happened a long time ago, it can still affect how you feel today. It can help to get support.
Support for abuse and domestic violence
Get support now
If you are experiencing abuse or domestic violence, there is support available to help keep you safe. If you are in immediate danger, you can contact the Gardai or call 999. You can also contact the Women’s Aid national helpline on 1800 341 900.
Sexual assault or rape
If you need to talk to someone in confidence about sexual assault or rape, the Rape Crisis Centre (1800 77 88 88) can help.
Support for men
Amen (046-9023718) is a service for men who are experiencing domestic violence.
National Counselling Service
The H.S.E. National Counselling Service (N.C.S.) is a professional, confidential counselling and psychotherapy service available free of charge nationwide. Priority is given to adults who have experienced trauma and abuse in childhood, with priority given to adult survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland. The national helpline can be reached on 1800 235 235.
More information and support
-The Women’s Aid website has lots of practical information on warning signs, how to help yourself and how to support someone else who is experiencing domestic violence.
-A G.P. can help by referring you to appropriate supports and services in your local area.
-Your local Citizens Information Centre can also give you information on your rights and the supports and services available in your local area.