Half of women victims killed by 'bare hands'
half of Irish women killed in violent circumstances in the past two decades have died at the "bare hands" of a partner.
An expert in the area of violence against women has revealed that half of female victims of violence have been beaten or strangled by a partner or ex-partner.
The majority of the remainder of female victims have been killed by weapons including knives, guns and hammers.
Margaret Martin, of Women's Aid, was speaking at a conference to highlight awareness of violence against women at the National College of Art and Design. A total of 213 women have been killed in violent circumstances in Ireland between December 1995 and November 2013.