Here are the 10 new actions in the Govt's new strategy to deal with domestic and sexual violence

Here are the 10 new actions in the Govt's new strategy to deal with domestic and sexual violence

Women's Aid has welcomed the Government's new strategy on domestic and sexual violence, in particular the training of gardaí.

In 2014, the Garda Inspectorate Report criticised An Garda Síochána for its handling of victims of domestic violence.

One in five women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

In November 2014, the Garda Inspectorate issued a report which was highly critical of garda handling of domestic violence.

It pointed to 11,000 incidents of domestic violence, leading to fewer than 300 arrests.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald admits there is still work to be done on the Government’s second strategy, but progress is being made.

Ms Fitzgerald said: "The Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence reinforces this Government’s ongoing commitment to combat these problems. The overall objective is to make Ireland a safer and better place to live.

"My aspiration is that this campaign will have a significant impact by making a real and substantial difference to people’s lives, offering hope and support to those affected by these despicable crimes and that it will send an irrefutable message to perpetrators that this violence is totally unacceptable in Ireland and that it must stop."

The new actions contained in the five-year strategy include:

· A national awareness raising campaign,

· A range of legislative measures including the new Domestic Violence Bill, the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill

· Provision of education and training of public sector staff involved in this area, by An Garda Síochána, Courts Service, Probation Service, Tusla and HSE

· Address gaps in academic and professional education for service providers in the community and voluntary sectors

· Initial training and developmental training for ongoing delivery to legal professionals by the Law Society, Bar Council and King’s Inns

· A range of measures to be undertaken by An Garda Síochána to improve the service provided to victims including implementing a risk assessment for all victims of domestic violence and sexual crime;

· focusing on recidivist perpetrators;

· A planned and managed approach by An Garda Síochána to each report of a domestic violence incident

· The building of a new family court complex in Dublin; and

· The establishment of a family court system throughout the country.


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