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Tubridy backs campaign to end domestic violence


Ryan Tubridy  Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ryan Tubridy Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ryan Tubridy Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

broadcaster Ryan Tubridy has said his role as "a father, son and brother" has led him to be more "troubled" about the issue of domestic violence.

Tubridy was speaking yesterday at the launch of the 'Man Up' campaign from SAFE Ireland, who revealed they had received 46,137 calls to their helpline last year.

He said that he grew up listening to women speaking about the issue on the radio, but that he had thought "people just don't do that anymore".

He famously had an emotional outburst to a caller who admitted to beating his former partner on air earlier this year.

"We touched on it on the radio show one morning, and we suddenly started to get a lot of phonecalls from women who are in their 30s, who are being beaten up by their partners and spouses for no reason," the RTE star said.

"That really troubled me. I am a father, I am a son and I am a brother. And, I adore the women in my life, whether they are my girls or my mum."

SAFE Ireland is a national organisation that represents 40 domestic violence services around the country, and last year more than 8,000 women suffering from domestic violence sought support from their services, as well as 3,424 children.


The SAFE Ireland helpline also fielded 126 calls every day in 2013, or five per hour.

"There are worrying numbers of children who need help, women that need help and there are men who also have domestic violence issues too," Tubridy said.

"I know I have become much more evangelical about getting the word out there; that we need to be aware. If you see a black eye, or a flinching person, or someone who is out of character, you need to listen up, speak up and man up."

SAFE Ireland said these statistics from 2013 represent a 70pc increase in those seeking support since their records began in 2007.

Almost 1,800 individual women and 2,699 children were accommodated in emergency refuge last year.

The new 'Man Up' campaign is aimed towards "highlighting the positive role men can play in ending domestic violence".

Sharon O'Halloran, the CEO of SAFE Ireland, said that their latest statistics are "shocking".

"There comes a point when shocking has to mean something," Ms O'Halloran said.

She added that they are currently "operating beyond their capacity" and that "additional capacity across all our services" are required to make a difference.

Also speaking at the event in Dublin yesterday was Lynn Rosenthal, the White House Advisor for Violence Against Women.

She reminded the audience that as they listened "a woman is being beaten ... and her children are watching".

"We are here to give a voice to the voiceless and we are here to remember the forgotten and to see the invisible," she added.