We know very little about the violence experienced in the lives of migrant women living in Ireland. The last comprehensive Irish study on sexual violence, the SAVI report, was conducted in 2002, at a time when migrants and ethnic minorities were not even listed among marginalised groups….
Carol Ballatine is carrying out research to describe the experiences of African women living in Ireland who have been affected by VAW. Many women have told her that in spite of the challenges, they feel protected by the laws in Ireland, and they feel more trust in the police and the judiciary here than in their countries of origin. Nonetheless, Irish legislation on VAW is not as strong as in many other countries, and just 1% to 6% of domestic abusers ever receive a prison sentence. While some African women feel a greater sense of freedom in Ireland than they did in other countries, there is much still to be done, for everybody affected by VAW, not only for migrants.
If you have a personal experience to share, Carol would like to interview you for her research. You can text her on 086 6045546 with the word Yes, and she will call you back straight away.
Carol Ballatine is a Phd Researcher in Gender, Globalisation and Rights at National University of Ireland, Galway.