Killed on the 'blackest day’

Thursday, 21 December 2017

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THE PSNI has responded to a shocking surge in violence behind closed doors by launching its annual domestic abuse Christmas campaign - almost 19 years to the day after an Antrim woman was battered to death in her home.
The message of the campaign is 'If you feel like you're walking on eggshells that's domestic abuse'.
It has already been the worst year since records began in Northern Ireland - and local police are bracing themselves for another spike over the festive season.
Shocking new statistics have revealed that January 1 is the 'blackest day' for people trapped within a toxic relationship.
On New Year's Day 1999 Virginia Adamson was punched, kicked and stamped to death by her abusive partner hours after the pair had returned home from a boozy party with friends.
Just weeks prior to her death, she had sought sanctuary in a women's refuge in Ballymena, but had decided to return home for Christmas. She believed the violence was a thing of the past. Tragically she was wrong.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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