Husband of murdered Jill speaks out at Limerick event

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Purple Up Limerick: Tom Meagher, White Ribbon Ireland, speaking at the event
THE HUSBAND of Jill Meagher, who was raped and murdered in Australia more than three years ago, has spoken out about violence against women at a rally in Limerick city.

THE HUSBAND of Jill Meagher, who was raped and murdered in Australia more than three years ago, has spoken out about violence against women at a rally in Limerick city.

Up to 50 people attended a rally in the city on Saturday afternoon calling on the public to change their attitudes and mindsets about violence against women.

The event was held as part of the Purple Up Limerick awareness campaign opposing violence against women, which saw local businesses and individuals display or wear something purple as a show of solidarity.

Speaking at the event in Limerick, Tom Meagher, whose wife Jill, 29, was raped and murdered while on her way home from a bar in Melbourne, Australia in 2012, says that part of the problem is defining violence.

“There seems to be no legal or social standard for how we understand violence, particularly in relationships. Violence is done psychologically, emotionally and financially as well as physically. Violence in relationships is about control and creating dependency,” he said.

The campaign is part of a worldwide United Nations initiative from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day. One in five Irish women experience domestic violence during their lifetime.