ALISON O'CONNOR: Change needed before more women are affected by violence

IS IT unreasonable to have hoped to get through the first week of 2019 without two women being brutally murdered? We are so regularly exposed to the killing of, and violence against women, it’s a concern that it becomes a part of background noise — something that is undeniably tragic, but also a fact of life, writes Alison O’Connor.

Jessica Bowes, left, was assaulted by her boyfriend. Jasmine McMonagle, right, was killed in Donegal last Friday of suspected knife wounds.

There are a number of groups and organisations highlighting the related issues of violence against women and domestic violence, and no lack of media coverage of the shocking killings and attacks, not least the details subsequently released in court cases, but it just seems to gruesomely grind on.

This week Elzbieta Piotrowska a 57-year-old mother of two, was decapitated with an axe at her home in Ardee, Co Louth. Originally from Poland she lived in in the town with her husband, who was at work at the time of the incident, for a number of years. Neighbours described her as a “lovely woman”.

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