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

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While most people support a stronger response to domestic violence, half believe there is still a victim-blaming culture.

Even with renewed legislation on the issue, one in five 18-24 year olds has never heard of forced restraint.

A new poll conducted by Red C also shows that 50 percent of respondents do not know where or how to get help for such abuse.

“While 70 per cent of people say they fear their action could make things worse for the victim of abuse, they are also clearly saying they want to help. We need to show them how,” said Sarah Benson, chief executive of Women’s Aid.

The poll, conducted on behalf of the charity and supported by Allianz Insurance, found that nine out of 10 people wanted 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 tackle domestic violence to coincide with Ireland’s new national annual holiday on February 6.

“We call on the people of Ireland to stop what they’re doing for a moment and stand publicly in support of those experiencing domestic violence,” the organizations said in a joint statement.

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

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

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