Over half of all homicides in Ireland in 2021 were domestic violence cases, according to the Garda Report

For a number of years, Gardaí have been under pressure to improve their understanding of, and response to, domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.

The threat of domestic violence became clear during the pandemic, as the lockdown exacerbated abuse while reducing victims’ chances of escaping.

Now a glaring report has revealed that more than half of all homicides in the past year were related to domestic violence.

A landmark report by An Garda Síochana reveals the extent of deadly violence against women in Ireland.

It has been found that women are more likely to be exposed to serious crime in their own homes and are more likely to be assaulted or killed by someone they know.

An Garda Síochana said there has been a “fundamental shift” in the way society views and tolerates domestic violence, attributing a dramatic rise in reports of sexual violence to more people having the courage to embrace it report, and the police, who improve the recording of such crimes.

Between 2020 and 2021, the number of sex offenses involving domestic violence increased by almost 400 percent. In 2020 there were 205 such incidents compared to 817 in 2021.

Women’s Aid executive director Sarah Benson said the report shows that men and women experience crime differently.

“For women, the living environment is clearly more common. The stats tell us that they are statistically more likely to know the person who is targeting them. They are less likely in men.

“For women, the majority will be a current or former partner. For men, this is a person classified as “other known person.”

“The perpetrators, in the vast majority of cases, regardless of whether they are men, women or children, are men.”

She said her organization believes that working with men on this issue “men and boys benefit as much as women and girls.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Center (DRCC) welcomed the report, saying the data produced by the Gardaí was broadly consistent with their experiences with the victims they assisted.

“The Garda data show that for one-third of perpetrators, a spouse or current/former intimate partner is most likely to commit a violent crime against women.

“This also reflects the experience of DRCC’s therapy clients, where about one-fifth have experienced sexual violence at the hands of their partner or ex-partner,” said Noeline Blackwell, executive director of the DRCC.

The new statistics came as gardaí first analyzed Pulse data on abuse and violent crimes between 2019 and 2021 “to determine emerging trends in domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.”

They found that in 2021, for the first time, domestic violence played a role in the majority of all homicides.

Domestic violence was a factor in 52 percent of homicides last year. Domestic violence is the “leading cause” of violence against women, and women account for 77 percent of victims of domestic violence. It has also been found that women account for 80 percent of sexual assault victims.

The report analyzed Pulse statistics for attempted murder and death threats, assault, harassment, and related crimes. It turned out that 57 percent of the victims of such crimes were men and 43 percent were women.

When men were injured, the crime usually took place outside the home. But almost 60 percent of women who have been victims of the same crimes have been attacked in their homes.

Since July 2021, Pulse has been able to record the relationship between a crime victim and an offender. Analysis found that women were more likely to know the person who committed a crime against them.

Over 80 percent of women knew their attacker, compared to over 60 percent of men.

The most common type of relationship between a female victim and her attacker was a current or former partner. 90 percent of the victims of coercive controls were women, and women also made up more than 70 percent of the victims of stalking.

Between 2019 and 2021, children were the victims of more than 10 percent of all homicides and 60 percent of all sex crimes.

Gardaí said that “the high proportion of child victims of sexual offenses is influenced by incidents reported many years after they occurred – that is, adults reporting experiences of child sexual abuse.”

Gardaí receive between 120 and 150 reports of domestic violence every day, and so far this year more than 37,000 cases of domestic violence have been reported.

Women’s rights advocates in Ireland have long campaigned for better data on domestic violence and sexual violence, which they believe is critical not only to understanding but also to providing appropriate services to victims.

Colm Noonan, Detective Chief Superintendent at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, said that as a society, “there has been a tremendously positive change in how we view, understand and tolerate domestic violence in our homes and in our communities, and how absolutely unacceptable it is now”.

He urged anyone suffering or suffering from domestic, sexual or gender-based violence to contact a Garda station or call 999/112 in an emergency.

“I can assure the victims that they will be supported and every incident will be investigated,” he said.

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