Monica 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 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 Linkedin
Summer is officially over for USC students and classes are underway, but the schedule remains the same for the football team, which has been practicing for almost three weeks in preparation for its season opener at Hawaii on Sept. 2.Despite several injuries to key offensive players, coach Lane Kiffin was pleased with how the offense performed on the first day of the semester.Poised · Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley is competing with redshirt senior Mitch Mustain for the starting role this preseason. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan “Kyle Prater did more than he had to do and Butch Lewis stepped up for us [Monday],” Kiffin said. “Practice was a little strange because of class conflicts, but I thought our guys were tuned in and understood they have to turn it up another notch.”The depth of the Trojans doesn’t hurt the team either. Kiffin and the coaching staff still have yet to determine who will be starting for the season opener.“We have made some moves towards that with the way our reps are going in practice but we haven’t finalized anything yet,” Kiffin said.—Senior tailback Allen Bradford bruised his left knee during Friday’s practice and didn’t scrimmage Saturday, but was in full pads for practice Monday, ready to help contribute in any way possible.“My knee feels better and I was out there running around,” Bradford said. “There’s a little soreness, but I’m just trying to play on it. I just got to get healthy, that’s the most important part. I got to take care of my body first and not worry about playing time.”Senior offensive guard Butch Lewis also returned to practice after dealing with a groin injury last week, but despite key players missing time, Bradford is still optimistic the offense will be more than ready for the season opener.“Our offense is really focused and everybody is anxious to play,” Bradford said. “Butch and I are important keys to the offense, but we got guys backing us up that are as good as us and can get the job done. We just got to go out there and work hard and we’ll be fine.”
The 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club in Kumasi will commemorate this year’s World Squash Day, to be climaxed by a competition with Obuasi Club.The is set aside to celebrate the game, considered the number one sport for overcoming cardio vascular diseases worldwide.This year’s occasion falls on Saturday , 13th OctoberCaptain of the 4 Garrison Officers’ Mess Squash Club Lawyer Francis Coffie, has been sharing detailed line up of activities for the day.He says it will be used to promote squash locally and internationally as members strive with the world body to make it an Olympic sport.The occasion is marked for the first time in Ghana, and Mr. Coffie and his team want the game recognized as other sporting disciplines. “The Professional Squash Association of England found the need to establish a day to give the game that projection globally so that people will buy into the game, play it and then have it listed as an Olympic sport,” he said.“Even though for now we have it as a Commonwealth sport, there’s the need to push it a level higher to the Olympic stage which is a bigger platform,” Mr. Coffie added.Mr. Coffie who is also Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Ghana Bar Association says other unknown categories of competition for the day will be outdoored.“We are going to have exhibition games open to the public to teach them the rudiments of the game and, as part of the celebrations, we have been encouraged to bring out our own creative tournaments that will suit the particular location to draw attraction to the game”, he intimated.“We are going to have a game of squash called Kitoma [on the day]. We will play the triathlon as well as the grudge matches to determine which will, more or less, be like a match play,” Mr. Coffie explained. He is encouraging the public to take interest in squash since it reduces the risk of cardio diseases, especially, among people with sedentary life styles.