After signing the anti-violence and domestic abuse Declaration in the EU Parliament, Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson said:
“Violence against females and domestic abuse in any form is a terrible violation of human rights which is unfortunately very widespread, crossing geographical, age and social boundaries.
“In Ireland, the statistics showing the number of vulnerable women supported by charities dealing with domestic abuse, has increased by more than 55% in the past five years, are incredibly worrying. The statistics also show that a staggering number of women had to be turned away from domestic abuse refuges due to lack of accommodation facilities.
“The Irish government and the Assembly Executive evidently need to do a lot more to effectively combat this situation and safeguard the rights of those suffering domestic abuse and violence. “