Friday 24 February 2017

Sinead Moriarty: State must do more to tackle scourge of domestic violence

Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

Sharon O' Halloran, CEO, Safe Ireland
Sharon O' Halloran, CEO, Safe Ireland

There are many election issues being pushed to the fore, but can any be more important than domestic violence? In a modern country with a well-educated population, the scourge of violence towards women and girls continues.

The most recent records show that in 2014, 9,500 women and over 3,000 children received support or accommodation from a domestic violence service in Ireland.

The Safe Ireland network said that it had the highest demand for accommodation on record last year with 4,800 pleas for secure shelter that were never met.

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