Names behind the numbers: Over 200 women killed violently by men in Ireland since 1996

Women's Aid say 131 were killed in their own homes

Names behind the numbers: Over 200 women killed violently by men in Ireland since 1996

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Since the beginning of 1996, 209 women have died violently in the Republic of Ireland.

Women's Aid say 131 women (63%) were killed in their own homes.

Where the cases have been resolved, 89 women (54%) were murdered by a current or former male intimate partner.

Fifty-four women (33%) were killed by a male relative or acquaintance and 21 women were murdered by a stranger.

The charity says 16 children were also killed alongside their mothers.

The numbers are startling, but the names are shocking.

As part of their Women’s Aid Femicide Report, the group has named each one of the women killed in Ireland - as well as details behind their deaths.

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Director of Women's Aid, Margaret Martin, told Newstalk Breakfast death threats against women are a big problem.

"Some of the messages that you pick up, that you're at more danger when you're out on the street...really what this is showing us is that where you're at most danger is in your own home.

"And you're at most danger not from strangers, but from somebody who is actually quite close to you."

"What we do know is that there were mentions of domestic violence in a lot of cases...a lot is hidden behind closed doors - which is why we're calling our seminar today 'Behind Closed Doors'.

"We really wanted to highlight the links between domestic violence and femicide, which is these types of killings."

"Threats to kill are something that we hear a very high level on our helpline - last year we heard about 970 death threats.

"For an awful lot of women they are living on a knife edge of fear, and we're there to help women with a safety plan (and) to work out what's the safest options available to them."

"An awful lot of women they don't tell anyone - they're terrified, they're ashamed, there's still a stigma about this - and they need to know where they can get help".

The Women’s Aid 24-hour National Freephone Helpline is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. They can be contacted on 1800-341-900 or on their website.

All this week Newstalk and COSC - National Office for the Prevention of Domestic Sexual and Gender Biased Violence - are also campaigning to increase the awareness of domestic and sexual violence.

If you have been affected by anything mentioned in this article, you can call the COSC helpline on 046-902-3718 or visit www.whatwouldyoudo.ie