Violence Against Women
The senseless murder of Ashling Murphy sparked so many national conversations about the treatment and experiences of women in this country. The flip side of this is that the long term issues and long terms problems do not make the headlines and these too should be part of the conversation. I don't believe we are experiencing an epidemic or a surge in these acts of violence (have not seen data to support that). Women do suffer every day in this country and so much so that the suffering will continue because it goes unreported and unseen. We are under resourced in this country with only 9 crisis refuge centres to offer support services for domestic violence and that needs to change. There was no specific funding in this years budget for support services for sexual or gender based violence. There are so many changes that need to happen to provide support but also legislative changes. Have a listen to my statement on Violence against women.