Sunday 26 February 2017

Leadership needed to lift veil of secrecy on domestic abuse

Josepha Madigan

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald pictured outside Dail Eireann. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 17/9/15
Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald pictured outside Dail Eireann. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 17/9/15

The recent UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women shone a welcome spotlight on an area of our society that too often exists on the margins, shrouded in shame. At this time of year, we need to remember all those who experience such violence.

Stories that victims shared of rape, trafficking, forced female genital mutilation, stalking, domestic violence and online abuse evoked feelings of shock, anger and dismay. But will they be enough to make a difference or will we just see another turn on the 'world day' carousel?

There's a General Election looming and while violent crime is a mainstream issue, that isn't the case when it's between partners - there aren't many votes in domestic violence.

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