Not All Domestic Violence is Physical

A man who said his wife’s behaviour was interfering with his confidence, self-esteem and health has been refused a domestic violence order at the Dublin Circuit Family Court.

The couple were in the process of separating, but still lived in the same house with their two children, Judge Francis Comerford was told.

The husband had initially succeeded in obtaining a short protection order against his wife at the District Court on an ex-parte basis, when he alone was present in court. However when the case came to a full hearing, with husband and wife present, the judge rejected the application for a longer-term safety order.

The husband, who represented himself, then appealed to the Circuit Court. He said a previous judge had suggested their house was big enough for them both to live in “even if it meant the silent treatment”.

He said he was “genuinely living in fear” of the next thing his wife would do and it was interfering with his self-esteem, confidence, health and ability to work.

“It appears she doesn’t sleep at night thinking of ways to get me evicted from the house,” he said.

He claimed his wife belittled him in front of the neighbours, removed his slippers and the light bulbs from his room, let the air out of his tyres, placed some of his items in a wheelie bin and followed him around the house banging doors after him.

He was woken one night by shouting and gardaí were at the door to ask him about his dog licence, he said.

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