According to Drew Harris, the Garda Commissioner, domestic homicides have outpaced gangland murders by almost two to one in the last three years in Ireland. However they generate far less coverage and discussion.
Perhaps it’s because domestic abuse is characterised by silence. It’s also one of the least prosecuted crimes in Ireland.
The figures show there is way too much acceptance in Irish society and that it’s okay to be abusive to a partner. But its not. It’s a crime and it should be treated as a crime.
I’m delighted to hear domestic abuse has long been a priority area for Mr Harris and he will continue to focus on the issue during his time as commissioner in terms of resources and manpower.
There is way too much silence in Church circles about this crime. This is very very interestung to me because its one of the greatest threats to family life so there ought to be much more conversation, teaching and sharing of resources amongst Churches and leaders about an appropriate response.
For more resources and recommendations of leaders who care and have researched and written and acted on this issue, please reach out to me.
This 112th post lines up with the second emergency telephone number 112 that operates alongside the 999 emergency service in Ireland.