Now the real work begins on 'ambitious' domestic violence plan, writes AilbheConneely
The word 'ambitious' has been used to describe the zero tolerance strategy by the Government towards domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
In 2016, the second national strategy, launched by the then Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald sought to change"societal actions through awareness raising".The Domestic Violence Bill 2017 which sought to improve the protections available to victims of domestic violence also began under Frances Fitzgerald's ministry, before it was published by her successor Charlie Flanagan.
The use of smart phones has made sexual violence more prolific, and Covid-19 restrictions lifted the lid on what many were going through behind closed doors.Numerous initiatives launched by the current Government in response to the rising numbers have been pulled into the strategy announced by Minister McEntee today, but more have been introduced.
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AilbheConneely Is this to distract from something else that is reprehensible in the News (hint hint: to do with Navan ? Why now? 🤣 AilbheConneely A reminder that of the 5 women who have been killed in Ireland so far this year, at least 2 of them have been killed by immigrants. Uh oh! AilbheConneely still waiting on that new RSE programme 2024 is too far away
Assault causing harm sentence to double from 5 to 10 years under new domestic violence strategyJustice Minister Helen McEntee will today seek Cabinet approval for the five-year plan and the €363 million package to underpin it. Aye right, people have done less for murder That mean women too 🤔👇 Can we keep this debate balanced please? Men also suffer domestic violence. Thanks.
New domestic violence strategy will see abusers jailed for up to ten years | NewstalkAbusers could face ten years in prison under the new zero-tolerance strategy for domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
Domestic violence convicts should be placed on public register - Power | Newstalk'Families have a right to know'' - Anyone convicted of a DomesticViolence offence should be placed on a national register. Absolutely. Long Overdue Legislation. Great idea. Do it sooner rather than later.
Secondary school curriculum to be updated to address issues like domestic violence and consentEducation Minister Norma Foley said that education has a “very significant” role to play in the new Zero Tolerance strategy. Great. Try medical schools next. will these issues be addressed in regards to the masses of people we're bringing in from backward cultures ? especially after what happened in tullamore and sligo ? is that what replaces calculus?
Key points in the Govt's new domestic violence planThe Government has announced what it calls its 'most ambitious' plan to tackle domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence. Here are its key points. Is it dissolution of the Catholic Church? That's all they will do talk about it because they wont do anything about it... How can there be gender based violence when there's no such thing as gender?
The word"ambitious" has been used to describe the zero tolerance strategy by the Government towards domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.Image: Alamy Stock Photo Image: Alamy Stock Photo THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE for assault causing harm will double will from five years to ten years under a new Government initiative dubbed its “zero tolerance” plan to tackle domestic, sexual and gender based violence.06.Advertisement Domestic Violence She said the man told Jennifer he had just come back from Spain when he first met her – when in fact, he had just been released from prison after a knife attack on his previous partner and her mother.
Few doubt the determination of the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee to see it over the line, however, it's worth noting - this is the third strategy relating to this kind of violence launched by a government. In 2010, the Fianna Fáil Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Dermot Ahern launched the first strategy aiming to deliver"a well coordinated whole of Government response". The strategy, which will be published today by the minister and Taoiseach, will also double the number of refuge spaces across the country – from 141 to at least over 280 – over the lifetime of the plan. In 2016, the second national strategy, launched by the then Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald sought to change"societal actions through awareness raising". The five-year plan will have four pillars – Protection, Prevention, Prosecution and Policy Co-ordination. The aim was to prevent domestic and sexual violence, improve services to victims and hold perpetrators to account. The new delivery structure plans to further accelerate the supply of refuge spaces through the establishment of a new statutory agency and the development of new refuge design guidelines. Many of the measures supported Ireland's ratification of the Istanbul Convention on the prevention and combating of violence against women and domestic violence. “I was just looking back through last week’s court reports of Dublin criminal cases alone and there were three violent men with strings of previous convictions who had assaulted their partners,” she said.
The Domestic Violence Bill 2017 which sought to improve the protections available to victims of domestic violence also began under Frances Fitzgerald's ministry, before it was published by her successor Charlie Flanagan. The plan will also see increased training across frontline services, such as new training for healthcare workers to be developed by the HSE to identify domestic violence and refer victims to appropriate supports and services The funding will also be used to increase awareness and change attitudes which underpin domestic, sexual and gender based violence. There will also be additional training across frontline services – including training healthcare staff to identify signs of domestic abuse. Minister McEntee acknowledged that the strategy launched today was built on previous plans - so what's new? There is no doubt society has transformed since the first strategy was published in 2010. The use of smart phones has made sexual violence more prolific, and Covid-19 restrictions lifted the lid on what many were going through behind closed doors. The new agency will co-ordinate the implementation of the new strategy and report back to the justice minister on the progress made. In 2020, the national frontline support service for women affected by domestic abuse, Women's Aid, revealed that it’s 24-hour helpline had responded to 41% more calls since the start of the pandemic compared to the previous year. Share this article. The number of domestic violence cases experienced by migrant women increased 12% in 2021 compared to the previous year's, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland. The plan being published today contains 144 detailed actions with set timelines to be implemented this year and next, with the minister stating that the plan will be delivered according to strict timelines. “It seems to be the ones that should be behind bars and barbed wire are not the women fleeing.
Numerous initiatives launched by the current Government in response to the rising numbers have been pulled into the strategy announced by Minister McEntee today, but more have been introduced. Take education as an example. Secondary school curricula at junior and senior cycle will be changed to include consent, domestic violence, coercive control and safe use of the internet by 2024. An online hub on consent and sexual awareness across the third-level education sector will also be rolled out. There will also be an examination to allow gardaí to issue removal orders to take offenders out of a home in high-risk cases.
Today, however, the focus of many was on refuge spaces for victims that need to get to safety. The plan is to double the number of refuge spaces - an apartment type unit where victims of domestic abuse can seek safety - over the next five years from 141 to 282. Some organisations say this is not speedy enough. However, the plan says the number of safe homes (accommodation for victims and children in homes in the community, rather than refuges) will be increased by a third by the end of this year, up from 30 to 44 with further expansion. Over the next 18 months, legislation will go through the Oireachtas to establish a statutory authority over the implementation of the strategy.
This has been welcomed by organisations working with victims that have been calling for a minister at cabinet to deal with domestic violence for years. Minister McEntee said she will lead the strategy, which means there will be a senior minister dedicated to it in the Cabinet. Mary McDermott of Safe Ireland said the power of a statutory authority reporting to the Minister cannot be underestimated. A small detail which was noted by some in attendance at the press conference to launch the strategy - the front of the report featured a woman. There was a view that the photo to launch the strategy should have been more inclusive.
The Minister defended the front page of the zero tolerance strategy, pointing out that statistics show that women experience a greater amount of domestic violence than men. While this is true, there were reports of male victims of domestic violence being upset by the picture. Ultimately, the launch of the strategy was a show of solidarity and unity from the Government in relation to the issue. Now, the real work begins. The next 18 months will test whether the"ambitious" plan by the Government comes to fruition.