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Politicians must be held to promises over domestic abuse

Ellen O'Malley Dunlop


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'According to Women’s Aid, one in five women in Ireland is affected by domestic violence.' (stock photo)

'According to Women’s Aid, one in five women in Ireland is affected by domestic violence.' (stock photo)

'According to Women’s Aid, one in five women in Ireland is affected by domestic violence.' (stock photo)

From a recent article published in a British paper, 'I risked our lives to flee', we learned that at least 19 women were killed in suspected domestic violence attacks in the UK during the first six weeks of lockdown (March 23 to May 3).

According to Women's Aid, one in five women in Ireland is affected by domestic violence. These figures are disturbing.

At Saoirse domestic violence services, we are very familiar with the stories of women and children fleeing violence. Those who contact our helpline and are able to avail of the services will have experienced numerous abuses by their partner. It takes huge courage to seek help.