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The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.

An Oifig Náisiúnta um Fhoréigean Baile, Gnéasach agus Inscnebhunaithe a Chosc

  1. Learn more about Domestic Violence


Learn more about Domestic Violence

Domestic and gender-based abuse is more common than most people realise and is often unreported and misunderstood.  It occurs in all social class, all ethnic groups and cultures and among people of every educational background.  It can be described as the use of physical or emotional force or the threat of physical force, including sexual violence in close adult relationships.  It can also involve:

• Emotional abuse
• The destruction of property
• Isolation from friends, family and other potential sources of support
• Threats to others, including children
• Stalking
• Control over access to money, personal items, food, transportation and the telephone.

We outline some options for those experiencing domestic violence elsewhere on this site.