Saturday 21 October 2017

Margaret Martin: Beatings, rape and abuse - the everyday plight of Irish women

A teddy bear on the footpath outside the Westin Hotel, Dublin where the Women's Aid annual report was launched
A teddy bear on the footpath outside the Westin Hotel, Dublin where the Women's Aid annual report was launched

EVERY day in Ireland women are beaten, raped and abused by those closest to them – their current or former boyfriends, husbands and partners.

One in five women in the Republic of Ireland experiences domestic violence and it can affect any woman from any walk of life.

National research conducted by the National Crime Council in 2005 estimated that 213,000 women in Ireland are living with severe abuse, and of the 190 women killed violently in Ireland since 1996, 74 were killed by their partner or ex-partner.

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