Maria Dempsey from Rockchapel said there is a strong link between homelessness and domestic violence, as a lack of spaces in refuges gives victims of abuse nowhere to go.
Maria’s 21-year-old daughter Alicia Brough was murdered in November 2011 when she tried to save her friend Sarah Hines and Sarah’s baby daughter Amy when they were being attacked by Sarah’s ex, John Geary. Both women were killed, along with the baby and Sarah Hines’s older son Reece. The bodies were discovered until the following day.
Ms Dempsey has campaigned for improvements in the law for cases of domestic homicide.
She was one of the speakers at a seminar in Dublin to mark the 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women.
She suggested all TDs should receive training on domestic abuse to help them address legislation.
Among the other speakers were Garda Commissioner Drew Harris; CEO of Women’s Aid, Sarah Benson, and the chair of the Independent Review into Familicide and Domestic Homicides, Nora Gibbons.