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

Super Eagles, Luxembourg Clash Now for May 31

first_imgThe international friendly match between the Super Eagles and the national team of Luxembourg has been brought forward by 24 hours.A letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) by the Football Association of Luxembourg on Friday explained that the match, earlier scheduled for 1st June, had to be moved forward by a day as a result of the Tour de France cycling competition, with Luxembourg much involved.“The change in date will not in any way affect our program. The entire contingent will move to Luxembourg from Rouen in France, where we will play Mali on 27th May. We will still have three days to train for the match against Luxembourg,” Eagles’ Team Administrator, Enebi Achor, said yesterday.The match in Luxembourg will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, May 31, at the Josy Barthel Stadium in that country’s capital city.Achor also confirmed that a number of technical and administrative officials have now been issued Schengen visas, enabling them to enter the two countries for the matches.The NFF has also submitted fresh applications for those who were earlier denied.The Super Eagles play Mali’s Les Aiglons in Rouen on May 27 and play Luxembourg in that country on May 31, as part of preparations for the first matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series to be played later this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Mo Farah accused of missing two doping tests before London 2012

first_imgBritain’s double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah is alleged to have missed two doping tests in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.The Daily Mail reports that the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic and World champion missed one test in early 2010 and another in 2011. Missing two tests is permissible under the rules, but missing three is grounds for a ban of up to four years – indeed, it is this very rule which caught out British 400m world champion Christine Ohuruogu back in 2006.According to the report, Farah’s first missed test occurred, “several months before the double Olympic champion teamed up with Salazar and six months before he broke David Moorcroft’s 28-year-old British 5,000m record and became the first Briton to break the 13-minute barrier.”The second test seems to have been scheduled once Farah started working with Salazar. It should have taken place at Farah’s home in Teddington, London, but the athlete appealed to the UK Anti-Doping Agency, claiming that he did not hear his doorbell.”The superstar athlete was already reeling from the BBC’s accusations that his coach Alberto Salazar and training partner Galen Rupp have been involved in doping. Both men deny any wrongdoing.The Mail reports that Farah appealed to the UK Anti-Doping agency over his second test, saying that he was in his house in Teddington but did not hear the doorbell. The appeal was unsuccessful. “As part of his appeal, Farah’s agent Ricky Simms submitted video evidence filmed in Farah’s house in which he tried to show that it was difficult to hear the doorbell from his client’s bedroom.UK Anti-Doping lawyers dismissed it as evidence,” the Mail’s report adds. Under current rules any athlete who misses three doping tests in a 12-month period faces a ban of up to four years; before 2013, three missed tests in any 18-month period were sufficient.The Mail claims to have seen email correspondence dated June 2011 to Farah’s lawyers from UK Anti-Doping, explaining why his appeal failed: “‘I can understand why your client remains frustrated, but that really is born out of the fact that he feels he is being punished for something that he did not intend to do.”Intent and negligence are not the same thing, though, as I am sure you have advised him. The simple fact with this missed test is that your client says that he did not intend to miss the test, but it is clearly his own fault that he did.” –last_img read more