Extra Garda resources to deal with domestic violence

first_imgMonica McElvaney, Detective Sergeant Gerry Staunton, Inspector Marianne Cusack, Denise Dunne, Garda Natasha Walsh, Chief Superintendent Ger Roche, Sergeant Louise English, and Superintendent Brian Sugrue at the launch of the new strategy. Photo: Brian ArthurLIMERICK Garda management has increased local resources to help victims of domestic violence and prevent potential cases of femicide.236 women died violently in Ireland between 1996 and 2020, including three so far this year, according to statistics published by Women’s Aid.It shows that 55 per cent of them were killed by a partner or ex-partner, and 62 per cent died in their own homes.18 children died alongside their mothers over the last 24 years.Almost nine in ten murdered women knew their killer, and, the most common method of killing was by stabbing with knives or other sharp objects.Of the 22 Irish murder suicides recorded since 1996, where women were killed by a male relative, 18 women were killed by their sons.Women’s Aid said: “We record these killings to illustrate the danger posed to women and to better understand how to increase protection of women and children.”“Our aim is to continue to try and break the pattern of male violence against women in the hope of preventing any further loss of life.”It said that femicide is broadly understood as men killing women and girls – precisely because they are women and girls.“Femicide is both a cause and a result of gender inequality and discrimination, both of which are root causes of all violence against women,” Women’s Aid went on.Operation Faoiseamh, was launched by Gardaí last April as part of  the force’s community engagement response to Covid-19, “aiming to prevent loss of life and to ensure that victims of domestic abuse were supported and protected during this extraordinary time”.Gardaí said they have recorded a 25 per cent year-on-year increase in calls for assistance in respect of Domestic related issues between 2019 and 2020.In support of Operation Faoiseamh, Gardaí in the Limerick Division have launched a local initiative aimed at providing additional support, guidance and advice to those seriously at risk from domestic violence.This includes both physical violence and coercive control which in effect is the emotional and psychological control of victims by the perpetrators of domestic violence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche said he had committed two trained members of An Garda Síochána to identify, engage with and positively interact with people at serious risk.He said this would involve a completely confidential and victim centric interaction with the victim’s best interests always in mind.Limerick Gardaí have also teamed up with ADAPT domestic abuse services in Limerick in supporting the nationwide 16 days of action for victims of domestic violence.As part of the global campaign Henry Street Garda station, like other buildings, is being illuminated in the colour purple for the duration of the 16 days of action.Gardai said frontline officers, the Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB) and Divisional Protective Service Units (DPSU) were all resourced and available to respond to such crimes.“Currently there are 245 members and staff allocated to the GNPSB and 16 DPSUs nationally to investigate sexual and domestic crimes,” said a spokesperson.Women’s Aid said: “Domestic violence kills women. The types of abuse and behaviour that precedes intimate partner femicide mirrors what we hear from women each day on our 24-hour National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 and our one-to-one support services.”“We know just how dangerous domestic abuse can be and that, unfortunately, the horrendous catalogue of incidents that women disclose to us everyday are just the tip of the iceberg.““More public awareness of the signs, signals and patterns that lead to femicide is needed”. Advertisement Facebook Email Twitter NewsCrime & CourtExtra Garda resources to deal with domestic violenceBy David Raleigh – December 3, 2020 195 center_img WhatsApp Previous article#PantoReturns: €400,000 gives Jack’s axe an extra edgeNext article#ThrowbackThursday: This week’s look back at our Out & About photos David Raleigh Print Linkedinlast_img read more

Picture of the week: Purrfect lettings?

first_imgThere was a time when ‘not pets allowed’ was the norm in rental adverts and most landlords were happy to steer clear of drooling dogs and sharp-clawed cats.But the rise in the number of accidental landlords who rent out their homes while travelling round the world or who relocate to a new job but can’t take their four-legged friend with them, is driving a rise in the number of rental properties available to rent with one unusual caveat included in the listing; to look after the ‘house cat’.Agents clearly don’t think it’s a ‘purrfect storm’ to ask potential tenants to feed and look after a feline friend as part of the monthly rent, and there have been several recent examples.In Cardiff agent Northwood was recently asked to list one such ‘miaowse’ house; a two-bedroom terraced property to rent on Daisy Street near Victoria Park (pictured), two miles west of the city centre.The furnished property has recently been let despite coming with an unusual rental ‘claws’; to feed and look after the property’s resident cat. Northwood’s listing also included a picture of the mog, which is called Smokey (see above).The property was advertised for £650-a-month and described as being only suitable for ‘cat lovers’.Northwood, which says it also recently been asked to list another property that includes a cat, is not alone in offering feline furnishings.JBS Lettings in Bristol currently has a two-bedroom terraced home that comes with a resident cat which “will need feeding and the odd nuzzle”, the agent says.lettings property rental cat November 15, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Picture of the week: Purrfect lettings? previous nextAgencies & PeoplePicture of the week: Purrfect lettings?It used to be ‘no pets allowed’ but now tenants are being asked to look after landlords’ cats AND pay the rentNigel Lewis15th November 20160524 Viewslast_img read more

Great Smoky Mountain National Park to begin opening on Saturday

first_imgPhoto from Getty Images This Saturday, Great Smoky Mountain National Park will begin a phased reopening when many roads and trails open to visitors once again. “The health and safety of employees, partners, volunteers, visitors, and local residents remains the highest priority in park reopening decisions,” the park said in a press release. Outdoor Revival, a new podcast created by “seasoned outdoor industry professionals,” aims to help anyone and everyone who loves the outdoors better understand how they can safely and responsibly recreate during the pandemic, their website says.  The park will implement new safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Campgrounds, picnic pavilions, visitor centers and many secondary roads will remain closed during the first reopening phase. Park officials ask the public to follow health orders, avoid crowding, practice Leave No Trace principles and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.  “Even though we are a band of seasoned outdoor professionals, we could not make sense of all the information and mis-information we were getting from the mainstream media,” the podcast creators said on their website. “So we decided to take it upon ourselves to seek out the top figures in the outdoor industry and create a resources for all who love the outdoors but want to keep themselves as well as everyone around them safe and healthy.”  West Virginia anglers can fish for free through May 31center_img Great Smoky Mountain National Park to begin opening on Saturday The waiver applies only to fishing licenses but includes a waiver for trout and conservation stamps. All requirements for hunting licenses remain.  Governor Jim Justice has announced that West Virginia residents can fish for free for another month. The requirement to possess a fishing license to fish in state-regulated waters has been waived for state residents through May 31, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources said in a press release. New podcast aims to help outdoor lovers during the pandemiclast_img read more

IMCA state champions in chase for new post-season award from Eibach Springs

first_imgEibach again gives $100 certificates to drivers winning state championships in those six divisions. Those drivers also become eligible to win a drawing for a set of four springs. Seventy-seven of the 110 state champions crowned in 2019 earned career-first titles. Information about the complete line of Eibach springs is available at the www.eibach.com website, by calling 800 507-2338 and on Facebook. “Eibach ramped up their program last season by drawing winners for six sets of springs from our talented pool of IMCA State Champions. This year goes further as they will spring a brand new Eibach-branded fire suit on an unsuspecting, yet deserving first-time State Champion,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The Velocita-made suit will be a great reward for a great season.” Eibach awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. The Corona, Calif., manufacturer and 12th-year IMCA sponsor gives an Eibach-branded fire suit to a first-time state champion. CORONA, Calif. – Eibach Springs’ post-season IMCA awards program will pay off even more in 2020.  “Eibach is excited to step up our participation with IMCA this year by offering a custom Team Eibach drivers suit to one of the first-time state champions,” said Sales Manager David Cardey. “We look forward to another great year and giving back to the short track community where we can”  The drawing for that award will be held after point standings become official in late October; eligible drivers will have won career-first IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Late Model, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod or Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod state titles.last_img read more