Sunday 18 February 2018

Why do women with freedom and opportunity choose violent partners?

Men hitting women is wrong. But we are short on analysis of why this violence occurs. Picture posed by model (Photo: Getty)
Men hitting women is wrong. But we are short on analysis of why this violence occurs. Picture posed by model (Photo: Getty)

THE shocking revelation that more than a quarter of women in Ireland have been victims of domestic or physical violence has elicited a strong response from a number of women's organisations, including the National Women's Council of Ireland, the Rape Crisis Centre and even the Girl Guides.

Sharon O'Halloran, director of Safe Ireland – the national organisation which combats domestic violence – has even called for the Government to establish a high-level cabinet sub-committee to address "the prevalence, complexity and poor response" to all forms of violence against women in Ireland.

Who would disagree with such a right and worthy cause? Hitting people is wrong: men hitting women is totally unacceptable. But, while there is no shortage of statistics about the prevalence of personal violence – Sharon O'Halloran describes the current report, which came from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, as "the tip of the iceberg" – we are much shorter on analysis of why this violence occurs.

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