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Intimate terrorism and the subtle forms of abuse one-in-three endures

From counting out the pennies to broken bones, domestic violence knows no boundaries as it festers in homes across Ireland

Published 12/07/2015 | 02:30

Francis Usanga with Emma Murphy
Francis Usanga with Emma Murphy
Francis Usanga with Emma Murphy
Emma Murphy

The phone call came into the Women's Aid helpline on Claire's first night on the job.

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A woman explained how she had suffered beatings by her husband over the years. "I could handle that, but now my son has started beating me," she said.

Claire (not her real name) listened to her story, then went through the legal steps the victim could take to protect herself. "You know, I should know this," the woman replied. "My husband is a judge."

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