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Domestic Violence

Investment needed in Domestic Violence services

Almost 800 people, including over 300 children, received support from domestic violence services on one single day last year in Ireland (Safe Ireland report). On November 4th 2015, 120 women, and 166 children were accommodated in refuges. 18 were turned away due to lack of spaces. These figures do not include the many individuals who did not have local or immediate access to refuge accommodation or to services. Domestic Violence …Read More

Key changes proposed under the Domestic Violence Bill 2015

The aim of the Domestic Violence Bill 2015 is to address gaps in the current legislation, and so increase the level of protection needed by victims, including threats posed by electronic or online communication.  The main changes can be summarised as follows: The new legislation extends the scope of a Barring Order to cover electronic communication, which includes text, email, or social media. It prevents a Respondent from “following or …Read More

Seeking a barring order? 5 things you should know:

If you are living in a violent or other abusive relationship, and you don’t feel that leaving home is an option for you, then you can use the law to keep your partner away.  But you should know from the start that it’s not a straightforward or foolproof process. You can seek to get a safety order to prohibit your partner from acts or threats of violence and other intimidating …Read More