Domestic Violence and/or Abuse

It is normal for disagreements and arguments to occur within relationships and both partners should be able to express their different points of view or concerns and discuss them together safely.

What is not normal is for one partner to feel threatened, too frightened to fight back, or unsafe to disagree or express their opinions.

Domestic violence and/or abuse is when one partner in a relationship uses different ways to gain power and control over another.

Domestic abuse happens when one partner in a relationship intentionally and deliberately hurts the other.

Domestic violence is rarely an isolated incident.

Domestic violence is intended to harm the physical and/or mental well-being of the victim and comes in many forms; physical, sexual, emotional and psychological, financial and spiritual. Many women say that the emotional and psychological abuse is just as bad, if not worse, than the physical violence and that it is harder to recover from.

Domestic violence is extremely common in Ireland.  The most up to date research shows that one in four Irish women have experienced abuse in their intimate relationships.

There is no way to define a ‘typical’ victim of domestic violence – Women are overwhelmingly the victims of most serious domestic violence, but sometimes men are the victims.

Domestic violence happens to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Domestic violence is not one partner losing their temper.  Abusers are often friendly and caring to everyone else but their partner.  Domestic violence is control, not anger.



Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it exists we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace.


UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan

Teach Tearmainn will provide a safe place, support for abused women with or without children,

community outreach services and access to practice-based research in our shared goal to end domestic violence.