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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Domestic Abuse

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# trapped with tormentors
"I feel constantly suffocated": The domestic violence epidemic raging behind closed doors of Covid-19
The first part of Noteworthy’s in-depth investigation into domestic abuse finds that services are dangerously underfunded during the coronavirus crisis.
# Covid-19
New domestic violence ad campaign tells victims support is 'still here' despite the pandemic
The adverts depict the reality for victims of domestic abuse when their home is no longer a safe place.
# Jessica Bowes
'They saved my life': Domestic abuse survivor urges neighbours to call gardaí if they hear violence
Jessica Bowes said many victims are “treading on eggshells” during the Covid-19 pandemic.
# Operation Faoisimh
TV and radio ads set to be part of new campaign against domestic abuse during Covid-19 crisis
Gardaí have stressed that support for victims of domestic abuse victims will not stop because of the pandemic.
# reassurances
Gardaí implement Operation Faoisimh to protect against domestic abuse during Covid-19 crisis
Women’s Aid has reported a ‘heightened state of alert’ due to the current health emergency.
# Domestic Violence
'Deep concerns' over safety of women and children affected by domestic violence during Covid-19 crisis
The Women’s Aid 24-hour national freephone helpline is available on 1800 341 900.
# Domestic Abuse
State's first conviction for coercive control handed down in Donegal Circuit Court
Coercive control occurs when a current or ex-partner knowingly and persistently engaged in behaviour that is controlling or intimidating.
# Domestic Abuse
Flanagan says law to allow gardaí disclose a partner's abusive history 'not considered necessary'
Under UK law, a member of the public can ask police to tell them if their partner may pose a risk to them.
# Domestic Abuse
Increase in number of younger men joining programmes set up to help change abusive behaviour
The Mend programme is 32 weeks long and mainly involves group sessions with other men.
# gender norms
One-quarter of under-25s believe men should be head of the household
The Gender Matters in Ireland 2019 report said there has been a continuation of so-called lad culture.
# Mental Health
A new helpline for male victims of domestic abuse has been launched today
Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional or financial.
# Dublin
'I just accepted that this was how it was going to end': Victim of domestic abuse recalls horror attack
‘I just accepted that this was how it was going to end,’ she said after she was told she was going to die.
# Women's Aid
Thousands of cases of women being beaten, choked, threatened with weapons and smothered in 2018
The charity is calling for greater protections within the law system for children in particular.
# Aoibhneas
Domestic abuse service helped 76 women and 100 children in 24 hours
Every year Aoibhneas has to turn away 400 families seeking refuge.
# too into you
How young women can recognise dating abuse and get help if they need it
Most women who experience severe abuse in intimate relationships first do so when they are under 25.
# Violence Against Women
'A woman often blames herself ': Dispelling myths around domestic abuse
The UN’s international day for the elimination of violence against women starts today.
# Courts
Domestic abuse against men: 'He'd been kicked in the balls: he was black and blue to his knees'
There’s some confusion around where LGBT people in domestic abuse situations can turn to for help – here’s some clarification.
# coersive control
First woman convicted under UK's new domestic violence laws after leaving partner '10 days from death'
Alex Skeel was left “10 days from death” following attacks from his partner Jordan.
# Women's Aid
'A game of snakes and ladders': 28% of calls to Women's Aid were about abuse by ex-partners
A Women’s Aid report analysed the figures on the number of women who reported abuse last year.
Opinion: 'When we ask that question – why doesn’t she leave? - we abuse again'
Domestic violence conjures up images of bruises, broken limbs, the woman who walked into the door. But it rarely starts that way; it starts like so many other relationships – romantic, sweet, promising, writes Dr Carol Baumann.
# White House
FBI chief contradicts White House timeline on Trump aide Rob Porter's security clearance
Porter resigned last week over domestic abuse allegations.
# rob porter
White House staff secretary resigns after two ex-wives allege domestic abuse
The White House has said Rob Porter denied the allegations.
# Emma Murphy
Instead of asking 'Why didn't she leave', ask 'Why did he hit her?' - domestic violence survivor
Emma Murphy said the gardaí involved in her case were “amazing” and she “can’t thank them enough”.
# Amen
'Men tolerate abuse': Over 5,000 reports of domestic abuse against men made in 2016
Men’s domestic abuse charity Amen has released it’s annual report.
# saving lives
A US plan to reduce domestic violence and murder may be rolled out in Clare
“There are women alive today that would otherwise have died as a result of domestic violence.”
# coercive control
TDs urged to pass new domestic violence bill making psychological abuse a crime
A major study found 31% of Irish women have experienced some form of psychological violence by a partner.
# Brigid Maguire
Westmeath man given life sentence for murdering mother of his children
“I will never forget seeing my beautiful mother lying on the floor. It will haunt me forever.”
# free legal aid
Abusive husband allowed back into home after wife couldn't afford €130 legal aid fee
The woman’s case has been highlighted by Flac today as it calls for this fee to be waived for victims of domestic abuse.
# Vulnerable
Mother and children placed in hotel with 'bloodstained mattresses' after fleeing domestic violence
The woman and her children were left without a stable home for almost two years.
# Domestic Violence
Call for gardaí to have expanded powers to issue barring orders
The Law Society of Ireland said new legislation should cover people in relationships who are not cohabiting as well as those under the age of 18 who may be in abusive relationships.
# crackdown
How a team of Ballymun gardaí are tackling abuse in the home
A new initiative will see this team taking a more active role with victims, liaising with them regularly and directing them to services.
Call for 'new girlfriend orders' to be used against Irish domestic abuse offenders
One of these orders was used recently for the first time in England and Wales.
# Allegations
Former Spice Girl Mel B accuses husband of years of abuse
She filed to divorce her husband of nearly 10 years on 20 March, citing irreconcilable differences.
# Clondalkin
'They were just looking for a bit of peace': Tributes paid to woman and children killed in Dublin fire
Neighbours began arriving with flowers, candles and teddies this morning.
# Northern Ireland
Police were called 2,738 times about domestic abuse over Christmas
The PSNI received 95 calls related to domestic abuse on Christmas Day.
# one step back
Russia has softened punishments for domestic abuse convictions
Only three politicians voted against the proposals.
# new plans
Gardaí make domestic abuse 'a priority' in new policing plan
All domestic incidents will “get immediate response by working units”.
# jacqueline sauvage
Full pardon granted to French woman who killed abusive husband
The woman in her 60s will walk free from a jail southeast of Paris where she was serving a 10-year sentence for the killing.
# The Black
Irish short film sheds light on reality for Ireland's abused men and their families
Each year, over 2,000 vulnerable men contact the Amen domestic abuse service.
# Domestic Abuse
'Daddy bit Mummy's face - I was scared': Report gives voice to kids in abusive homes
A report today highlighted the devastating impact living in an abusive environment can have on every part of a child’s life.