Una Mullally: We either want to use every tool we have to address violence against women or we don’t

The architecture of misogyny that limits women’s freedoms is being dismantled. Yet violence against women persists 

The Garda does not have a full and honest picture of violence against women in the home because it is ignoring and closing off cases by the thousand.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Garda does not have a full and honest picture of violence against women in the home because it is ignoring and closing off cases by the thousand. Photograph: Getty Images

In the aftermath of the horrifying murder of Ashling Murphy, the country is reeling and demanding change. Not since the assassination of Veronica Guerin or the death of Savita Halappanavar has there been such a collective outpouring of grief over a woman’s death in this country.

Both of those awful deaths prompted huge policy changes at a governmental level. Within a week of Guerin’s murder two pieces of legislation were enacted, the Proceeds of Crime Act and the Criminal Assets Bureau Act, which led to the formation of CAB.

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