A former Donegal priest has been jailed for 15 months for the sexual abuse of two young sisters. Con Cunningham, now aged 86, pleaded guilty to eight(...)

There were 16,994 disclosures of domestic violence against women and an additional 3,728 disclosures of child abuse to Women’s Aid last year. Photograph: iStock

The State needs to provide more emergency refuge spaces for women and their children, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has acknowledged. Ms Za(...)

Protesters hold up a placard remembering Allison Marimón-Herrera and her mother Giselle who were found dead in a flat in Newry, during the International Women’s Day rally at Belfast city hall. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

The shameful phenomenon of male violence towards women is never far from the headlines, usually in relation to the latest tragic case. The year is st(...)

The convention, which includes 72 actions, obliges signatory states to ‘protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence’.  Photograph: iStock

After many years of campaigning by women’s groups, the Government on Friday ratified the Istanbul Convention - a key international instrument to tackl(...)

Margaret Martin, director of Women’s Aid. “As leading experts on domestic violence and homicide in Ireland we have not been aware and have not been consulted in this latest development.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Murders that take place in a domestic setting are to be reviewed individually by specialist gardaí in an effort to identify how they might have been p(...)

Repair work on the refuge in Rathmines  was completed in September 2018 and it is being used as a short-term refuge for homeless women until February.

A women’s refuge in south Dublin for victims of domestic violence which closed in 2017 is due to reopen this year, according to Tusla. The refuge in(...)

 Women’s Aid said it received up to 2,000 calls per month, which includes women seeking domestic violence refuges, one-to-one support or court accompaniment services. Photograph: iStock

Women will do “everything” to minimise emotional and physical violence they experience around Christmas time for the sake of their children, according(...)

Suzanna Cawley and Chris Cawley, sister and brother of Celine Cawley who was killed by her husband 10 years ago attended the launch of Women’s Aid  Femicide Watch Report 2018 in Dublin File photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The siblings of Celine Cawley, who was killed by her husband Eamonn Lillis in their home in Howth, Co Dublin, have called for legal reforms that would(...)

Women’s Aid has warned that women are being left at risk of further harm due to Ireland’s overstretched legal system and insufficient resources for survivors of domestic abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Women’s Aid has warned that women are being left at risk of further harm due to Ireland’s overstretched legal system and insufficient resources for su(...)

 Cliona Sadlier, executive director of  Rape Crisis Network Ireland, said  the outcome of the Belfast rape trial had resulted in an increase in phone calls. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Victims of rape have reported an unwillingness to take their case to court in the wake of the Belfast rugby trial, the Rape Crisis Network has said. (...)

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