The National Network of Women’s Refuges (NNWR) reported that the number of Irish women and children fleeing from violence men increased to 4,654 last year a 35% increase from 1997. In addition, Irish women placed over 15,000 distress calls to the country’s 15 refuges.
NNWR national coordinator Margaret Costello commented, “It is just not acceptable that almost 5,000 people have to do this, and the figures are probably only showing the tip of the iceberg….It is not right that these women and children who are the victims of a crime should have to flee their homes. It is time we asked ourselves what is the accountability of the perpetrator?”
Ireland’s law reform minister, Mary Wallace, chairs a national steering committee that will issue a report on domestic violence later this year.