Government set to carry out first national sexual violence report in 15 years

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is to bring a proposal to Cabinet in the next two weeks on a second national study on sexual violence.

The last SAVI report was published over 15 years ago in 2002.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan

The National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) has welcomed the announcement saying it is long overdue.

It says that data collection and analysis around domestic and sexual violence is at crisis point.

"The world has changed a lot since the last national survey on sexual violence was published in 2002," Orla O'Connor, Director of NWCI said in a statement published on the organisation's website today.

"Men are increasingly using technology to control, intimidate and abuse women, with online harassment and abuse of women becoming more prevalent.

"This report will be crucial in establishing the nature and extent of sexual violence in Ireland."

Orla O'Connor, Director of NWCI

She said that appropriate data is necessary in order to protect women and punish perpetrators accordingly.

Ms O'Connor said that it is not acceptable or sustainable to rely on EU surveys and work research carried out by "under resourced frontline support services and non-governmental organisations" to provide the picture of domestic and sexual abuse in Ireland.

"The Minister for Justice must outline a specific timeline for the study, and it is crucial that its scope includes the nature and extent of intimate partner sexual violence.

"To reduce sexual violence against women, we first need to understand the scale of the problem."

Digital Desk

Related Articles

Proposals on an updated sexual violence report to be brought to Cabinet

Here's the truth about false accusations of sexual violence

More sex and hate crimes reported, garda figures show

Rape: Why not believe the woman?

More in this Section

Michael D Higgins and Sean Gallagher to take part in live presidential debate tomorrow

Man who stabbed friend over can of beer found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter

Man found dismembered in canal had transferred €50,000 to killer's account

Man serving 10-year prison sentence convicted for using false documents to secure mortgatge

Breaking Stories

Need a cheap and easy home revamp? Here’s how to tile your own splashbacks

Michael Caine: ‘Don’t look back, you’ll trip over’

How to survive the rest of Sober October if you’ve made it this far

Meet the A-listers of Zeminar 2018

More From The Irish Examiner