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.