Demonstration held in memory of victims of domestic violence

A moment's silence has been held outside the Dáil for the 78 women who have been murdered by current or ex-partners since 1996.

Demonstration held in memory of victims of domestic violence

A moment's silence has been held outside the Dáil for the 78 women who have been murdered by current or ex-partners since 1996.

That represents 52% of resolved murder cases where the victim was a woman.

Shoes were laid to represent each of the women and the 10 children who died alongside them.

The event was organised to raise public awareness of the continuing threat facing women in their own homes.

"While there will always be things that nobody can do anything about, none of these were accidental deaths. These were all the resolved cases where these women an children have been murdered violently," said Margaret Martin, Women's Aid's Director.

"We need to take this issue very seriously … we need to have a very firm commitment to change."

Invitations to the event were extended to all TDs and Senators, and members from all parties to hold shoes representing the victims.

Women’s Aid has called on them to push forward with the Justice Committee’s call to make domestic violence itself a crime.

Over 17,000 women called Women’s Aid’s freephone helpline last year - with many women critical of the inconsistent approach offered by the Gardaí and Courts Service.

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