Are you a man over 18 years? We want to hear from you. Please fill out this questionnaire on how men, in their role as observers, perceive and would respond to situations of domestic violence. This shouldn’t take longer than five minutes to complete and the results will be used to inform an MA thesis study on Bystander Intervention and the role of non-violent men generally, when responding to inter-partner and domestic violence. Please share with your friends and colleagues.
James O’Connor and Eoin O’Keeffe are two sixteen year old students from County Limerick, Ireland. They decided to make a movie, as part of a school project, that would raise awareness about issues such as depression, bullying and domestic abuse.
You can view their movie here:
All Ireland Champions Clare Hurlers show their support for MAN UP
From left to right:
Alan O’Neill – Clare Senior All-Ireland Hurler
Patrick Kelly – Clare Senior All-Ireland Hurler (Goalie)
David O’Halloran – Clare Senior All-Ireland and All-Ireland U/21 Hurler
Peter Duggan – Clare Senior All-Ireland and All-Ireland U/21 Hurler
MAN UP To Violence Against Women for International Awareness Day
International rugby star Rob Kearney is standing up to domestic violence today, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
He supports MAN UP – the SAFE Ireland campaign asking men to stand with women to end domestic violence. Latest figures show nearly 8,000 women and over 3,000 children looked for help from a domestic violence service in one year.
A survey by SAFE Ireland, carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes, found that over 95% of Irish adults agree that men have a vital role to play in preventing violence against women and children. The survey also found, however, that Irish men are not as conscious as women of the prevalence or the impact of domestic violence. But, men say that they are very willing to take actions to help prevent it.
While 52% of men say that domestic violence is common, a significant 45% of them are not aware of its impact on women. One in eight men say that they know a woman experiencing violence, compared with one in five women who say that they know a survivor. Nearly 80% of women say that domestic violence is common.
“The people who can do the most to improve the lives of so many women and children are men,” said Sharon O’Halloran, CEO of SAFE Ireland. “This survey tells us that they know this. But it also tells us that domestic violence is not necessarily something that is part of their consciousness or something that they know about as much as women. We must close this gap in men’s awareness and consciousness.”
Men are twice as likely as women to say that they would talk to a man who may be abusing a woman, to tell him to stop, and over 90% said that they would be willing to speak out about domestic violence in their communities and to talk to their sons and daughter about the crime.
Great to have the Director General of the GAA, Páraic Duffy, Owen Lennon and Paul Finlay Ulster Senior Football champions 2013 supporting MAN UP with Siobhan McKenna, Manager of Tearmann Domestic Violence Service, Monaghan.
Look out for MAN UP ads on the Luas and our postcards around Dublin and Galway this November. Also listen out for our MAN UP ads on RTE Radio One, 2FM and local radio stations throughout the country. Many of our members are gearing up for MAN UP in their local areas – you can support them.
On November 13th we will launch new research on Irish men’s attitudes towards violence against women. We will also be joined by some of Ireland’s best known men for our MAN UP Say No to Violence photocall.
Irish rugby star Rob Kearney and the Bishop brothers from Fair City (Dave Sheridan and Paddy Fitzpatrick) are among the men lining out to support MAN UP this November.
Sharon O’Halloran, SAFE Ireland CEO, was asked about the trials of the Bishop family on Fair City.
She said that the storyline helped to send out an important message to those living with abuse that help is at hand and that they do not have to live with an abuser.