Issues of domestic violence and abuse affect ‘hundreds of thousands’

Women’s Aid calls for domestic violence to be a central theme of party manifestos

Sarah Benson (centre), chief executive of Women’s Aid,  and her colleagues launch their manifesto for general election 2020 outside the Dáil in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Sarah Benson (centre), chief executive of Women’s Aid, and her colleagues launch their manifesto for general election 2020 outside the Dáil in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Women’s Aid has called for parties contesting the general election to make domestic violence a central theme of their manifestos.

At a gathering outside Leinster House on Friday afternoon Women’s Aid chief executive Sarah Benson said the issue of domestic violence affected “hundreds of thousands of women and families” and yet was not a headline issue in the general election.

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