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# Domestic Abuse

Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
'I felt like I was special': Children in refuge want more time with support workers
Meath Women’s Refuge provides a support worker for children, but most refuges don’t have the resources to offer the service.
Last month
October 2023
New Bill seeks to establish register for those convicted of domestic violence
The Bill proposes requiring those with domestic violence convictions to inform gardaí of their whereabouts and if they start a new relationship.
This year
'Nowhere to go': How the housing crisis is lethal for domestic violence victims
A report by
Jane Moore
There was an increase in the number of applications last year, along with an increase in the number of court orders being breached.
Statutory agency dedicated to tackling domestic violence to begin operating in January
Justice Minister Helen McEntee will introduce legislation to establish the agency to the Dáil by the end of the month.
District Court judge calls for mandatory free legal aid for domestic violence cases
“The working poor very often will lose out,” Judge John Campbell told a conference yesterday.
"If a TD can get legal aid for a criminal prosecution against him, why can there not be legal aid for the most vulnerable in our society?" Judge John Campbell asked.
The judge also noted how the issue of domestic violence was 'magnified' during the pandemic.
Jane Moore reports from a legal conference on domestic violence.
Record high number of domestic abuse reports were made with Women's Aid last year
The organisation has warned that specialist frontline services to support victims and survivors are “creaking at the seams”.
Retired RTÉ cameraman to be sentenced later for sexual assault of his daughter decades ago
The victim made a complaint in 2019, in which she said she was sexually assaulted by her father at the age of 16.
Harris says family concerns will be 'considered' in domestic violence report recommendations
The study was carried out independently of the Department of Justice.
More than 16,600 domestic abuse reports made to gardaí so far this year
It represents a 4% increase on the same period in 2022.
Dublin man jailed for four and a half years for assault on mother of his children
The man pleaded guilty to the charges including causing harm, criminal damage by arson, and breach of a protection order.
Justin Roiland axed from Rick and Morty following domestic abuse charges
Roiland has plead not guilty to the charges against him.
Last year
Spain decries 'dreadful' spike in murders of women
At least 46 women were killed due to gender violence this year in Spain.
Man who attacked his partner told their son 'Mammy fell on Daddy's fists many times'
The garda investigating the case told the court it was “the most chilling thing” he had ever heard.
Woman who killed her son and attempted to kill infant sentenced to life imprisonment
Detectives said the case “brought to light an underlying element of domestic abuse”.
Over half of the murders in the State last year were related to domestic abuse
The figures were published following an analysis of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence crimes.
Domestic abuser Paul Moody 'no longer' a member of An Garda Síochána
It is understood that Moody has resigned from the force.
Tennis star Kyrgios charged with assault in Australia
The 27-year-old reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon on Monday.
Opinion: Why has the internet turned against Amber Heard and is this the end of #MeToo?
Seána Glennon looks at the wider implications of the contentious defamation trial on the #MeToo movement.
Justice Minister launches new guide for GPs to help support domestic violence victims
The guide was officially unveiled by the Irish College of General Practitioners today.
The Explainer: What can Ireland do to become a safer place for women?
We speak to Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland to get a sense of what more can be done – from the courts to domestic abuse services – but how ultimately there are no quick fixes.
Gardaí called to respond to over 48,000 domestic abuse incidents in 2021
There was a 10% increase in the number of domestic abuse incidents that Gardaí attended in 2021 compared to 2020.
Several Irish universities commit to introducing domestic abuse leave policy for staff in 2022
Trinity College, UCC, UCD and DCU have all committed to introducing the policies in 2022,
All time
17% increase in domestic abuse calls to gardaí last year, report finds
The figures were contained in the force’s annual report for 2020, which was published today.
Opinion: ‘Slap on the wrist’ sentences for domestic violence send a message... the wrong message
CEO of Women’s Aid Sarah Benson says the judiciary and other legal professionals need more training on how best to handle domestic violence cases.
'The tip of the iceberg': 43% rise in people contacting Women's Aid
Some 29,717 people contacted the domestic violence support service last year.
'If I didn't run, he would have killed me stone dead': Domestic abuse survivors say more support is needed
Over the course of the pandemic some people have been trapped with their abusers 24-7, Órla Ryan writes.
Over the course of the pandemic some people have been trapped with their abusers 24-7, Órla Ryan writes
One domestic abuse survivor says people who breach barring orders should be automatically jailed
NGOs are calling for a new ministry dedicated to domestic violence
West Cork domestic violence charity purchases first safe house after private donation of €400,000
Two years on: Ireland is 'failing to act in spirit' of agreement to help women escaping domestic violence
Gardaí received 43,000 calls to respond to domestic abuse incidents last year
Calls to gardaí are up 16%.
Access to rent supplement for victims of domestic violence extended to the end of the year
Rent supplement can be provided for an initial three-month period and the usual means test does not apply.
Evan Rachel Wood accuses Marilyn Manson of 'horrifically' abusing her
The actor said she was “brainwashed and manipulated” by the singer.
10-year sentence following coercive control trial 'sends a strong message' to other women
The woman, who is the man’s former partner, said she “might be dead or in a vegetative state” if doctors and gardaí had not intervened.
Man jailed for abuse of partner in State's first coercive control conviction following a trial
The woman told the court she “might be dead or in a vegetative state” if doctors and gardaí had not intervened.
Domestic abuse supports still available during latest sets of Covid restrictions
Domestic abuse can be something other than physical: it can mean you’re isolated from friends or control is taken over your personal items.
Three police officers shot dead in France while responding to domestic abuse case
The suspect has since been found dead.
'The tip of the iceberg': Over 5,200 extra calls to Women's Aid helpline this year
Sarah Benson, CEO of Women’s Aid, said she is “very concerned” about the impact of another lockdown in January.
Operation Faoiseamh continues as 14% rise in domestic abuse incidents reported since last year
From March to November this year, a total of 22,540 incidents were reported – representing a 14% increase.
Thousands seek domestic violence support services for first time during Covid restrictions
July and August were the busiest months for helpline calls.
Johnny Depp loses libel case against Sun publisher
The actor sued News Group Newspapers over a 2018 article which labelled him a “wife beater”.
Women's Aid says it's preparing for surge in contacts from women experiencing abuse during Level 5
The charity said that the number of calls it responded to rose significantly during the first lockdown.
'My own experience of domestic and sexual violence changed everything about me'
Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill has said there is still a lot of stigma when it comes to speaking publicly about domestic and sexual abuse.
'I feel like the only way out is to die': Over 20,000 disclosures of abuse made to Women's Aid in 2019
Women reported being beaten, strangled, burned and raped, and there was a spike in calls during the Covid-19 pandemic.