Listening with deep concern to the testimony from Lois West & Laura Galligan today about the issues she has uncovered and the barriers she has faced when reviewing Homicides, including domestic homicides. pic.twitter.com/YULKb8OE6j
— Women’s Aid Ireland (@Womens_Aid) March 7, 2018
Edel McAllister, of RTE, reports:
Misclassification and inaccurate recording of crimes by the gardaí left some women at risk of domestic violence, two civilian officers in the gardaí’s statistics unit have told the Oireachtas Justice Committee.
In her opening statement, Deputy Head of the Garda Síochána Analysis Service Lois West said “we had very genuine concerns that a person may be living in a vulnerable situation. For example, we made the decision to escalate cases where we felt that a new partner may be at risk.”
The two civilian officers said they were subjected to “severe pressure” to withdraw their concerns, “to ignore our professional standards”. Their “integrity, both personal and professional was undermined and attacked”.
Senior Crime and Policing Analyst Laura Galligan told the committee how she and her colleague were “belittled and treated very poorly” when they tried to raise serious concerns about misreporting of homicides with senior officers.