Wednesday 13 December 2017

Domestic violence is a serious issue here

IT WAS great to see the Irish Independent tackling the difficult subject of women and violence on May 26, 2011. Unfortunately, Kevin Myers is misguided and uninformed. Domestic violence is a very serious issue for Irish society.

Sonas Housing does indeed state that “one-in-five women in Ireland has experienced some form of domestic violence from a current or former partner” in its recent postcard campaign. This statistic is from a Women’s Aid national prevalence study on the extent of violence against women in intimate relationships.

The research speaks for itself. The Government's office on domestic violence, Cosc, found in a recent survey that over 70pc of the population considered domestic violence against women to be common, with 44pc saying they knew of someone who had been a victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence is not a one-off event, but rather a pattern based on power and control, which often escalates over time.

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