Women’s Aid have launched a new campaign which raises awareness of intimate relationship abuse among young people.
The organisation, which has been helping women and children in Ireland since 1974, know through their research that 1 in 5 young women and 1 in 11 young men in Ireland have experienced intimate relationship abuse.
Intimate relationship abuse is a term which describes abuse which may occur in someone between this age group, that happens outside of the traditional domestic setting. It refers to a pattern of behaviour used by someone in an intimate relationship with someone that involves either physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
The campaign, which is called Too Into You, wants to raise awareness of this type of abuse, as although it is common many are not aware of the signs.
The results of their research show that;
The majority of young people feel a responsibility to intervene if they are concerned a close friend might be experiencing intimate relationship abuse (86%).
However, very few young people believed it is easy to spot the signs of abuse in a friend’s relationship (16%).
Half of young people (53%) were not aware of that sharing intimate images without consent was now against the law and were not aware of specialist supports for intimate relationship abuse (50%).
With a whole host of well known faces involved including Roz Purcell, Tolu Makay, Keelin Moncrieff, and Killian Sundermann the campaign aims to educate men and women about how abuse can manifest in number of different ways.
Examples of how it could be overlooked or seemed insignificant was that if a partner include:
-Getting jealous frequently
-Looking through their phone
-Asking for their passwords
-They say they hate your friends and complain you spend too much time with them.
-They send you constant texts and get mad if you ignore them.
-They make you feel guilty if you don’t spend all your free time with them.
This is not only for people to spot signs within their own relationship, but also to be aware if it happening to a friend or family member. Using the hashtag #YesItsAbuse, will help young people spot the signs of abuse and help them feel more confident in carefully checking in on their peers if they are worried about them.
The organisation have also launched its Too Into You Public Awareness Campaign which includes a valuable new resource on how to help a friend who is an abusive relationship.
There are supports available at TooIntoYou.ie including their free and confidential instant messaging service, their ‘Help a Friend’ tool. or you can call the Women’s Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900.