Time For Men To Take Responsibility For Male Violence Against Women – Clare Haven

The Manager of Clare Haven insists the death of Ashling Murphy highlights the need for men to take responsibility for male violence against women.

Investigations are continuing into the murder of the 23-year-old primary school teacher, who was killed while out on a run earlier this week.

Clare FM’s Rebecca O’Sullivan has more


The Manager of Clare Haven Services says anger over what’s happened should be felt by everyone, and not just women.

Dr Siobhan O’Connor believes as a society, we have a strange relationship with violence against women, as we ignore, tolerate, excuse and accept it.

Nine women have been murdered in Clare at the hands of intimate or male perpetrators since 1996.

Dr Siobhán O’Connor says this is not a women’s issue and insists that men have to take responsibility for male violence.

The Executive Director of Rape Crisis Midwest has added that there will be no safe place for women until society as a whole decides to keep women safe.

Miriam Duffy says this won’t happen overnight and while individual men or men’s groups should be leading the charge, the responsibility will most likely fall on women’s support groups.

A national review of domestic, sexual and gender based violence is currently awaiting Government approval and Miriam says this needs to be signed off on quickly.

A series of vigils and remembrance walks or runs are taking place across Clare today and tomorrow in memory of Ashling Murphy. Details are available here