Irish Divorce and Domestic Violence, 1857–1922

  title={Irish Divorce and Domestic Violence, 1857–1922},
  author={D. Rennie Urquhart},
  journal={Women's History Review},
  pages={820 - 837}
  • D. Urquhart
  • Published 1 October 2013
  • Law, History
  • Women's History Review
Ireland was excluded from the Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act of 1857, which moved divorce proceedings from parliament to court. Whilst other areas of the Empire were encouraged to follow the 1857 reform, Ireland retained the costlier, lengthier and more socially and gender biased parliamentary process. Louisa Westropp's divorce of 1886 was the first divorce granted by Westminster to an Irishwoman and established legal precedent in applying case law, initially concerning domestic violence… 
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