Ireland ‘failing’ domestic violence victims

Family Law|November 13th 2015

Ireland is not doing enough to help victims of domestic violence, a legal academic has suggested.

Law lecturer Dr Louise Crowley claimed that incidents of domestic violence in the country are underreported by victims and official figures and that as many as one in five Irish women are affected by it.

At a University College Cork (UCC) conference on Friday, Dr Crowley will call for greater emphasis to be placed upon perpetrators of domestic abuse. Speaking prior to the event, the family law specialist questioned the adequacy of services aimed at helping those convicted of the crime, or even those who want to address their aggressive behaviour.

Ireland must demonstrate “a willingness to provide the opportunity for abusers to tackle their own behaviour”, she said. Although Dr Crowley admitted that such violence affects all genders, she claimed her research has shown that men are responsible for most of it. A new system is required which will “reinforce the message that violence against women and children will not be tolerated”, she added.

She hoped the upcoming conference would produce ideas to “better safeguard those in abusive intimate relationships”

Last year, domestic violence charity Refuge claimed that one in three British women have experienced domestic violence.

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  1. stitcedup says:

    Simple answer to this…. Put 20% of the Irish male population in prison…. Job done!

    • Joseph says:

      Domestic violence is not a one gender issue. The statistics are starting to show that men are the victim and more often that women who are the aggressors are using the ‘victim card’ to put on more terror on the real victim.

      • Portia says:

        Where are the stats to show equal number of males murdered by female perpetrators?

        Yes some female victims kill in self defence but this is rarely seen as such by the courts.

  2. Portia says:

    An Irish veteran of DV speaks at FRA/EU last year.

  3. Portia says:

    I have first hand experience of DV and how the system fails victims and rewards perpetrators.

    I got the long lecture re knowing my place as a woman in RC Ireland.

    I was threatened with jail for pointing out the breach of Art 6 and full disclosure- this is not allowed in Ireland as women especially are feeble minded- and judges etc are groomed to believe this in 2015.

    I was threatened with jail for mentioning Strasbourg too and labelled a witch for being too powerful for a woman in Ireland and daring to speak out.

    Also of serious concern is the threats to child victims of DV and abuse- that Electric Shock will be used to burn out all memories of the violence and abuse and they be locked in mental institutions until 18.

    I know all this to be true and much more as I lived it and my children experienced it .

    The court system, probation system and social workers were all institutionally groomed by the perpetrator and allowed him to move onto his next victims.

    I did get full disclosure in the end, thanks to Data Commissioner, Strasbourg and Irish Attorney General.

    Without full disclosure service users have no idea what is written about them and before the courts.

    My solicitor was not allowed to read any of the reports either and cited Ireland a police state and left the court.

  4. Portia says:

    Far too many female victims of DV are deemed mentally ill when in fact they suffer PTSD and end up suffering Legal abuse on top of that leading to CPTSD and major health issues follow.

    The perpetrator presents well and strong in court while the victim presents as terrified.

    This is used to say the victims failed to protect herself and the children and so he wins everything.

    PAS is used too to remind females to get with the program and allow the violence and abuse or loose everything. It is a pro pedophile strategy and advised by many solicitors in order to win and make profit.

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