Talking about domestic violence WORKS

After a recent television program interviewed the family members of murder victim Clodagh Hawe and presented details from her abusive marriage, calls to the Irish Women's Aid domestic violence hotline doubled.

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Why this story matters:

Clodagh Hawe and her sons, Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and six-year-old Ryan, were murdered by their father Alan Hawe late one evening in August 2016. He then killed himself. 

In an effort to win public support for their request for an investigation into the circumstances of these deaths, Clodagh Hawe's family agreed to participate in a program to remember the victims. "Her Name Is Clodagh" featured interviews with many of her family members, including Clodagh's mother and sister.

After the program aired, according to Women’s Aid chief executive Margaret Martin, the number of calls to their domestic violence hotline doubled.

She went on to praise Clodagh's mother and sister for their honesty during the interviews, saying that they helped to highlight many of the signs of domestic abuse.

By talking about behavior and actions that can signal domestic violence and potential signs of trouble, other women can understand their own situation and perhaps recognize red flags in their own relationships. This is why we all need to keep talking about domestic violence.

Details from the story:

  • Clodagh Hawe, 39 and her sons Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and six-year-old Ryan were murdered by Alan Hawe in their home near Ballyjamesduff on August 28 2016.
  • The interview was praised for helping to pinpoint many red flags for domestic abuse.
  • Looking back, the sister of the victim recalled signs that Alan Hawe was a "coercive controller".
  • A coercive controller builds up "control over a number of incidents through power, through control and through coercion, and an awful lot of that is curtailing freedom of movement."
  • The program has brought domestic violence issues to the center of public conversation in Ireland.

**If you or anyone you know needs to speak with someone regarding domestic violence, you may find help locally at one of the sources found here.


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