What’s the greatest threat to family life in Ireland ?


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.

Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a life long learner. I've been on a voyage of discovery since childhood so ask why a lot. I'm Irish and a bit American. I write because its freeing and healing. I love photography, theology, the natural beauty of Ireland and swimming in the sea year round. I see the world through the lens of Celtic Christianity but can try on other perspectives. The business of everyday spirituality has always fascinated me. I hope this blog challenges, inspires and encourages you. Perhaps you'd like to work with me. Please reach out to me if that's the case. I'd love to hear from YOU so please comment and let me know you are out there!

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