How victims and their families could be better served by our justice system

In the wake of the murder of Ashling Murphy, fresh concerns are being raised about a lack of access to legal guidance for victims and insufficient supports to help with healing

Ruth Maxwell, who survived a vicious attack in 2016, now campaigns for systemic improvements for victims such as psychological and physical supports

Ruth Maxwell was walking to work in May 2016 when she was attacked by a man with a hunting knife. In a split-second decision, she managed to grab the knife and pull it away from her throat, causing debilitating injuries to her hand in the process.

“I knew that I was going to do some serious damage to my hand,” she told RTÉ’s Liveline last week, describing how she had to fight for her life. ...