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Half of survey respondents believe victim-blaming culture still exists – Irish TimesMEERI News

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Most people support a stronger response to domestic violence and half believe a culture of victim blaming still exists.

Despite newly enacted legislation on the issue, one in five 18-24 year olds have never heard of forced restraints.

New polling conducted by Red Sea also shows that 50 percent of respondents would not know where or how to get help for such abuse.

“While 70 percent of people say they fear their action could make it worse for the person being abused, they’re also clearly saying they want to help. needs to show how,” said Sarah Benson, chief executive of Women’s Aid.

The poll, conducted on behalf of the charity and supported by Allianz Insurance, showed that 9 in 10 people want the issue to be taken more seriously, including a stronger focus by the legal system.

It is being used to promote a day of action to combat domestic abuse, coinciding with Ireland’s new national annual holiday on February 6.

The organizations said in a joint statement: “We call on the people of Ireland to do what they are doing, if only for a short time, and to stand up publicly in support of those who are victims of domestic abuse. are in the situation, they will be asked to stop.”

Based on a nationally representative sample, the research found that six in 10 adults know someone who has experienced abuse. About one in five have personal experience.

Almost a quarter of 18-24 year olds incorrectly believe that coercive control is not a criminal offence.

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