Women's Aid Comment on the Omeath Shooting Incident

12 Oct 2015

Speaking on Monday 12th October 2015, Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid, says:

 “It was with shock and a deep sadness that I learned of the horrific domestic violence incident in Omeath, Co. Louth on Sunday evening in which Garda Tony Golden was shot dead and a woman is left fighting for her life.  Women’s Aid would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the wife and young children of Garda Golden, to his family, friends and colleagues in An Garda Síochána.  Our thoughts are also with the woman and her children and her family and we hope that she will make a full recovery.

Domestic violence is a very serious crime and it affects one in five women in Ireland.  This terrible tragedy highlights the crucial role members of An Garda Síochána play in helping women escape from violent and abusive partners.  Domestic violence is present in every community in every village, town and city in Ireland and every day women reach out to the Gardaí for help and support.  Women’s Aid also works closely with An Garda Síochána to ensure women and children get the best possible response when they seek help.  

This terrible incident is a stark reminder of the dangerous and sometimes fatal nature of domestic abuse and the tragedy it brings, not only to women and children, but to frontline responders and the community around them too.

I want to pay tribute to the members of An Garda Síochána who respond to women and children in distress as part of their job, every day of the week, and our sympathies are with them as they come to terms with this awful event and the loss of their colleague.

We know that 55% of women murdered in Ireland are killed by their partners or ex-partners.  Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all domestic violence homicide victims as this event will resonate with them on a very deep and painful level. 

Finally, I would also like to speak to women living in fear of their partners, please don’t be afraid to reach out for help.  If you are affected by domestic violence please call the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900, 10am to 10pm, seven days a week or visit www.womensaid.ie.”

For more information contact Christina Sherlock, Communications Officer, at christina.sherlock@womensaid.ie or by phone 087 919 2457.

Further information:

  • The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline answered 11,167 calls in 2014 (31 calls a day). There were 707 one to one support visits and 191 court accompaniments carried out by its One to One Support Services.  An additional 313 drop-in sessions took place at the Dolphin House Support and Referral Service.  We also provided additional telephone support in our One to one services on 1,277 occasions in 2014.
  • There were 16,464 disclosures of domestic violence to Women’s Aid Direct Services in 2014 including 10,653 disclosures of emotional abuse, 3,470 disclosures of physical abuse, 595 disclosures of sexual abuse (Including 176 disclosures of rape) and 1,746 disclosures of financial abuse. 
  • Since Women’s Aid records began in 1996, 209 women have been murdered in Ireland.  62% of women were killed in their own homes.  In 55% of resolved cases the woman was murdered by her partner or ex-partner.  99% of perpetrators are men. (Women’s Aid Female Homicide Media Watch 1996 – 30thSeptember 2015).