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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 087 919 2457.