A 39-year old man has been jailed for 9 months for assault causing harm to his wife in Co Galway last year.
Judge Patrick Durcan said the husband had carried out a "horrible" assault on his wife in front of their children.
He said the children would be scarred for life by what they saw.
The judge jailed the man for 9 months after he pleaded guilty to the assault of his wife at Ballylennan, Gort on 4th March 2018.
Judge Durcan said the maximum sentence he could impose was 12 months, and he had to take into account the guilty plea.
The judge said the man's treatment of his wife on that date was appalling, as photos taken after the assault shows the woman's face was left black, blue and purple.
The mother of five said three of her children had witnessed the attack, and one daughter had suffered nightmares for months afterwards.
The woman is now living in a refuge.