Fianna Fáil Junior Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration, Fiona O’Loughlin TD has said that more needs to be done to empower women to leave abusive relationships and to protect those who have.

Speaking ahead of the annual ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ on November 25th, Deputy O’Loughlin said, “Domestic violence continues to be a major issue in this country. 90% of women murdered in Ireland are killed by someone they know, while over half of women were killed by their current or former partner.

“Statistics have shown that Irish women are amongst the least likely in Europe to report crimes of domestic violence. A victim blaming culture is often cited as a major reason for this. There is a need for a culture change in how crimes of this nature are viewed.

“Last year alone the Women’s Aid charity received over 21,000 contacts. As a country and as a society we need to do more to protect these women. The Domestic Violence Act 2018 was first introduced on 1st February 2017. It passed all stages of the Oireachtas on the 2nd May 2018. Over six months have passed and yet not a single section of the Bill has been commenced, this is not good enough,” concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.