The mother of Cork murder victim says all TDs should receive training on domestic abuse

The mother of Cork murder victim says all TDs should receive training on domestic abuse
Alicia Brough's mother Maria Dempsey has campaigned for improvements in the law for cases of domestic homicide. Pic: Collins Courts.

THE mother of a Cork woman who was murdered when helping her friend has highlighted the lack of refuge accommodation for women fleeing from domestic violence situations.

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.

Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, Chairperson of the Women's Council of Ireland, Norah Gibbons, Chair of the Independent Study on Familicide and Domestic Homicides, Frances Fitzgerald, Fine Gael MEP for Dublin City and County, Drew Harris, Garda Commissioner of Ireland, Maria Dempsey, Advocate for action against domestic abuse and homicide support for families in crisis and Sarah Benson, CEO of Women's Aid, at a seminar to mark the Sixteen Days of Action to end Violence Against Women. Picture: John Hennessy
Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, Chairperson of the Women's Council of Ireland, Norah Gibbons, Chair of the Independent Study on Familicide and Domestic Homicides, Frances Fitzgerald, Fine Gael MEP for Dublin City and County, Drew Harris, Garda Commissioner of Ireland, Maria Dempsey, Advocate for action against domestic abuse and homicide support for families in crisis and Sarah Benson, CEO of Women's Aid, at a seminar to mark the Sixteen Days of Action to end Violence Against Women. Picture: John Hennessy

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.

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