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Domestic violence is a crime (We also look at solidarity work between CDP people here and their counterparts in Tanzania). Very good work has been carried out within the Community Development Programme by Women’s Aid and projects nationwide to make domestic violence an issue. However, as at least one project within the Programme has pointed out, we must not lose sight of another fact – males are also sometimes victims. And while the focus in this issue is on domestic violence, we should remember that domestic abuse can include emotional, financial and other means. Also, studies have found that – apart from being killed or seriously injured – emotional abuse can hurt the most. There are possibly as many male victims as female, or perhaps more male victims, depending on what study you read. The government has set up a new body COSC which may help to bring minds together on this matter. It is good to debate the ins and outs of this issue – the more communities talk about domestic violence and abuse, the more likely we are to do something to help the victims, all of them.

NEARLY 2,000 people died from alcohol-related problems between 1995 and 2006. The Irish have long been viewed as a nation with a problem with drink. While the figures are overwhelming and represent incredible pain among brokenhearted families, nobody will be too surprised. In roughly the same period, around 200 women throughout Ireland were killed, most of them in their own homes and often by a partner or ex-partner. It would add little to our international reputation if we became known as a country of women-killers, but as it happens tens of thousands of women die in domestic violence incidents internationally every year. In Ireland, as abroad, 99% of the victims are females. With rare exceptions, the killers are male. So, every year, around this time, the (female) victims are remembered through the international 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women. Many CDPs in our Programme engage in action to mark the event and ‘Changing Ireland’ has catalogued events down through recent years. This year, we focus on a ceremony taking place in Ringsend, Dublin.

What CDPs are: ‘CHANGING Ireland’ highlights the work of Community Development Projects (CDPs). There are 180 CDPs, each of which is locally and independently-managed. They are funded by the government’s Community Development Programme. The projects: • Have an anti-poverty, anti-exclusion focus and promote the participation of people experiencing poverty and exclusion at all levels of the project. • Work from community development principles and methods. • Provide support and act as a catalyst for community development activity.

Published by: ‘Changing Ireland’ is published by the Community Development Network, Moyross, Limited, Limerick, Ireland, with funding from the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Address: ‘Changing Ireland’, Community Enterprise Centre, Moyross, Limerick. Tel Editor: 061-458011. Tel Administrator: 061-458090. Fax: 061-325300. E-mail: Website: Editor: Allen Meagher Editorial team: Niamh Walsh, Juan Carlos Azzopardi, Viv Sadd and Allen Meagher Design: PrintZone, Limerick. Printed by: Walsh Printing Services, Castleisland, Co. Kerry Cover Photo: The illustrations used on the front cover on domestic violence feature models and not actual victims. THANKS TO . . . ‘Changing Ireland’ thanks everyone involved in the production of Issue 23.

• Act as a resource in communities. • Provide co-ordination between community, voluntary and statutory groups in their areas. • Involve representatives of groups which experience poverty and social exclusion in their management committees. Location: The projects in the Community Development Programme are based in disadvantaged communities within: - inner-city areas;

DISCLAIMER The views expressed in this newsletter are those of the author concerned. They do not, by any means, necessarily reflect the views of the Editor, the editorial team, the management committee of the Community Development Network, Moyross, Ltd., or the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.


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Hot in Issue 23: MAIN STORY: TACKLING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ‘We work with violent men’ (Waterford) Complaints about Code of Conduct on Domestic...


Hot in Issue 23: MAIN STORY: TACKLING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ‘We work with violent men’ (Waterford) Complaints about Code of Conduct on Domestic...