Funding for domestic and sexual abuse services inadequate

An article I co-wrote for the Irish Examiner

The demand is huge and growing, a result of both high levels of violence and increased awareness. In 2015, 9,172 women and 3,383 children received support from a domestic violence service, and, in 2014, 18,926 calls were made to Rape Crisis Centre helplines, while 1,913 people participated in counselling and support.

These people represent a minority of survivors: Most people who experience gender-based violence do not report it. Widespread availability of support services would reduce not only untold suffering for survivors, but also for their children.


New Communities Partnership Conference: Child protection & migration in Ireland


Migrant families in Ireland are ten times more likely to find themselves subject to child protection interventions than are Irish families. I attended the conference of NCP, and wrote about some of the complexities involved in this situation. While cultural differences are crucial, other issues are equally important, particularly the impact of Direct Provision on individuals and families; domestic violence; and social exclusion across Irish society.

My article for Headstuff is here:


Violence against women and criminal justice


My reflections on a common thread at the recent Safe Ireland Summit on Domestic Violence. Once we’re agreed that violence against women is a matter for public concern and public action, what’s the best way of framing it, and what are the limitations of the criminal justice response?

Sexual violence and shame


I interviewed Ellen O’Malley Dunlop, former CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for Headstuff. We discussed the role of shame in the ongoing perpetration of sexual violence. Some recent cases suggest an alternative view of the future.

A World Without Shame | How do we Transcend Rape Stigma?

Women are boring



My first attempt at describing my research approach was hosted by the tremendous research blog womenareboring. In which I explore why stigma matters for understanding gender based violence. This is an early iteration, and I’ll update it regularly.