Speaking today after the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights unveiled a report on gender violence across the European Union, Sinn Fein’s Trevor Ó’Clochartaigh called on the government to address the issue of violence against women.
Senator Ó'Clochartaigh said:
“This research is alarming. A third of those surveyed have been victims of physical or sexual violence since the age of fifteen.
“These figures are shocking and should not be ignored by the government.
“Even more alarming, the survey shows that austerity measures have a devastating impact on female victims of violence.
“For example, in Ireland financial support for organisations that offer refuge and support to abused women has decreased since the start of the crisis.
“According to Safe Ireland, ‘five years of recession and austerity has pared an already fragile and fragmented system of support for women and children right down to the bone.’
“This is not good enough. The government need to acknowledge the extent of violence against women and children, and provide resources for organisations that offer them support.
“More than just support, these women deserve appropriate help. Their lives are in danger.
“It is the duty of government to protect the vulnerable and protect women fleeing from violence.”