The pope addresses a crowd of half a million people in Dublin at the closing event of a fraught two-day trip to Ireland, which has been dominated by the issue of sexual and institutional abuse in the Catholic church. In his penitential prayer, the pope listed specific forms of abuse, including sexual crimes and forced or coerced adoptions.
Source: Pope Francis makes plea for forgiveness in Dublin as Ireland trip ends – video | World news | The Guardian
Pope begs forgiveness for abuse scandals as Ireland trip ends | The Guardian
Pope begs forgiveness for ‘state of shame’ inflicted on Ireland | Reuters
Most of those killed are said to be women and children.
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Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence is not tolerated and women and children can live in safety. Your support allows us to provide a wide range of specialist services to women and children experiencing domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse. Last year our:
- Advocacy services supported 1,983 women and 2,761 children
- Refuges supported 961 women and 1,186 children
- Outreach services supported 1,397 women and 1,945 children
- Floating Support services supported 162 women and 283 children
- National domestic violence helpline, run in partnership with Women’s Aid, answered more than 70,000 calls
On any given day our services support 3,000 women and children and with your help, we empower them to rebuild their lives free from violence and fear. Read this newsletter to find out about the difference you are helping us to make, and hear about our important campaigning work which champions change and gives a voice to the women and children we support.
Supporting women and children affected by domestic violence
‘I was with my ex-husband for 20 years. He was never physically violent to me, but he used words like weapons. By August 2013 I was desperate. I had been diagnosed with depression and had been having suicidal thoughts for about three years. My friend called the Helpline for me. When she told me they would help me, a small glimmer of hope began to ignite in me. But still I wasn’t sure I deserved help. Even when I arrived at the refuge, I expected to be turned away. For the first three months I kept myself hidden away. I had absolutely no confidence or self-esteem – I was humiliated by what I had experienced. Leaving my husband meant leaving my home, my friends, my dogs, the church and my business. Alongside my keywork sessions I was able to attend a confidence course. This course helped me to see that I was experiencing domestic violence – this was a turning point for me. I have now been at the refuge for eight and a half months and am waiting to move to a flat of my own. I have had no contact with my husband for over six months and I am in the process of divorcing him. Now I am volunteering at a local primary school and have decided to re-train to become a teaching assistant, specialising in children with special needs. I finally feel whole.’
* name changed to protect identity
If you are affected by domestic violence, you can find information and support at www.refuge.org.uk…….’