From Women’s Aid NI, this is an opinion piece on the death of Connie Leonard, and the risk that more women face in the current climate. However, it might equally apply to any victim of domestic abuse
The murder of Concepta Leonard is a tragedy -a tragedy, and so much more than that.
She must have been terrified all the time, once she realised what kind of person he was, and how violent he could be. He was, it turned out, a prolific abuser with a criminal record.
Connie had done everything right – she had left the relationship, contacted police, sought support from Women’s Aid, and got a non-molestation order which was due to be renewed the day after her murder. She did everything she possibly could to escape the domestic violence she was being subjected to, and used all the legal tools available to her. She must have been hopeful the current system would protect her and her son, Conor. Continue Reading »