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TD calls for genuine crime tackling package to deal with violence against women

29 November, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, raised the issue of violence against women in the Dáil today. Speaking on the fifth day of a 16-day international campaign to raise awareness around violence against women Deputy Ó Snodaigh called on the Minister for Justice to ensure that any "genuine crime tackling package from the Minister to include measures addressing violence against women."

During Order of Business Deputy Ó Snodaigh drew attention to statistics highlighted by Women's Aid which show that 12.5% of women experience abuse while pregnant; 25% of women experiencing domestic violence are assaulted for the first time during pregnancy; 42% of women have experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime and 25% of all violent crimes reported in the EU involve a man his wife or partner.

Speaking afterwards the Dublin South Central TD said, "Given the prevalence of crimes of this nature and of crimes involving sexual violence against women and children I am disappointed, and yet not too surprised, that Minister McDowell's proposed cocktail of measures for tackling crime neglects the whole issue of violence against women. It is unacceptable that the Minister and this government continue to fail victims of domestic and sexual violence." ENDS

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