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# Domestic Violence

This week
26th November 2023 - 29th November 2023
Domestic violence victims now entitled to five days leave from work to access supports
The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 has come into effect today.
Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
Family of Irish woman killed by ex-boyfriend in murder-suicide warn about abusive relationships
Denise Morgan’s sisters recounted how she was subjected to a relentless cycle of abuse by her former partner.
'I felt like I was special': Children in refuge want more time with support workers
Meath Women’s Refuge provides a support worker for children, but most refuges don’t have the resources to offer the service.
This month
November 2023
Funeral of Denise Morgan hears there will be 'no justice' after she was shot dead in New York
Parish priest Sean Dooley expressed hope her death would contribute to a better understanding of the “scourge of domestic violence”.
Stalking is now a standalone offence and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison
A range of new criminal offences, as well as tougher sentences for existing offences, come into effect from today.
Last month
October 2023
Gardaí recorded over 22,000 incidents of assault last year, report finds
The figure represents a 16.3% increase in recorded assaults when compared to 2021.
Judge grants Safety Order to woman after ex-boyfriend 'took intimate videos without consent'
The woman said that the man repeatedly took intimate videos of her without her knowledge, including when she was asleep.
New Bill seeks to establish register for those convicted of domestic violence
The Bill proposes requiring those with domestic violence convictions to inform gardaí of their whereabouts and if they start a new relationship.
September 2023
Pascal Donohoe announces new domestic violence leave for civil servants
This announcement follows a similar one regarding domestic violence leave for private sector employees.
'Nowhere to go': How the housing crisis is lethal for domestic violence victims
A report by
Jane Moore
There was an increase in the number of applications last year, along with an increase in the number of court orders being breached.
Statutory agency dedicated to tackling domestic violence to begin operating in January
Justice Minister Helen McEntee will introduce legislation to establish the agency to the Dáil by the end of the month.
Poll: Should there be free legal aid for all domestic violence cases?
A judge called for mandatory legal aid for all domestic violence cases.
TDs call for expanded legal aid for domestic violence after judge warns 'working poor' lose out
TDs including Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan were speaking after a District Court judge called for mandatory free legal aid in domestic violence cases.
District Court judge calls for mandatory free legal aid for domestic violence cases
“The working poor very often will lose out,” Judge John Campbell told a conference yesterday.
"If a TD can get legal aid for a criminal prosecution against him, why can there not be legal aid for the most vulnerable in our society?" Judge John Campbell asked.
The judge also noted how the issue of domestic violence was 'magnified' during the pandemic.
Jane Moore reports from a legal conference on domestic violence.
This year
Domestic violence leave will include full pay
Domestic violence leave is set to be formally introduced this autumn.
Domestic violence case dropped against ex-Man United star Ryan Giggs
The former player was accused of controlling or coercive behaviour towards his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville
Figures show rise in breaches of domestic violence court orders
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Breaches of court orders are on the rise, but convictions for the offence were lower last year than in 2021.
Record high number of domestic abuse reports were made with Women's Aid last year
The organisation has warned that specialist frontline services to support victims and survivors are “creaking at the seams”.
Harris says family concerns will be 'considered' in domestic violence report recommendations
The study was carried out independently of the Department of Justice.
Long-awaited report on familial homicide cases goes to Cabinet today
The report makes recommendations to improve the State’s response to familicide and domestic homicide.
Sexual and domestic abuse victims can feel 'belittled' by social workers, report finds
Victims interviewed by the National Women’s Council said that feeling blamed by professionals made them want to abandon court proceedings.
More than 16,600 domestic abuse reports made to gardaí so far this year
It represents a 4% increase on the same period in 2022.
Rate of pay for domestic violence leave should be worked out by end of summer, says minister
Work Life Balance Bill – which includes paid leave for domestic violence victims – has been passed.
Domestic violence charges dropped against Rick And Morty creator Justin Roiland
The two felony counts were dropped “due to a lack of sufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt”.
Domestic abuse accommodation to be increased under new state agency
The agency for supporting the provision of refuge accommodation for victims of sexual and gender based violence is expected to be formed by January.
Paying workers a lower salary under domestic violence leave could put victims at risk, Govt warned
Fórsa said that any change to a victim or survivor’s normal rate of pay could ‘alert’ the abuser.
Iraqis protest in capital against gender based violence following murder of YouTuber
Tiba al-Ali, 22, was killed by her father on 31 January in the southern province of Diwaniyah.
Rape Crisis Network calls for independent authority on domestic, sexual, gender based violence
This post would independently monitor and scrutinise the coordination and implementation of policy and practice.
Last year
Man who attacked his partner told their son 'Mammy fell on Daddy's fists many times'
The garda investigating the case told the court it was “the most chilling thing” he had ever heard.
Domestic violence services invited to apply for new funding stream secured in Budget 23
€6.8 million is being made available through a ‘targeted call to established domestic violence service providers’.
Collapse of NI institutions impacting on gender-based violence legislation being passed
Without a budget it is difficult to commit to new projects across all areas, says Alliance leader Naomi Long.
Tánaiste rejects Ibec suggestion that 'proof' would be required for domestic abuse paid leave
‘What is a victim supposed to do? Come in with their black eye?’ said TD Louise O’Reilly.
Victims of domestic violence to be entitled to five days of paid leave under new plans
It is one of a number of measures in the Work Life Balance Bill.
Paid domestic violence leave should be based on an ‘honour system’, Oireachtas committee hears
Victims should be taken for their word when requesting time off from work, the committee has been told.
Stalkers face 10 years in prison as tough new domestic violence laws to be rolled out
The maximum sentence for assault causing harm is also being doubled to 10 years.
Secondary school curriculum to be updated to address issues like domestic violence and consent
Education Minister Norma Foley said that education has a “very significant” role to play in the new Zero Tolerance strategy.
Assault causing harm sentence to double from 5 to 10 years under new domestic violence strategy
Justice Minister Helen McEntee will today seek Cabinet approval for the five-year plan and the €363 million package to underpin it.
Assaults with hurls, rape, sleep deprivation: Over 33,000 domestic violence reports made last year
Women’s Aid is calling for more men to become allies in creating zero tolerance of all forms of violence against women.
Garda Inspector: specialist garda units struggling to carry out domestic violence cases due to workload
Divisional Protective Service Units are tasked specifically with investigating domestic abuse cases.
Garda Inspector: online tutorials should no longer be used for domestic violence training
Inspector Patricia Gill was speaking at a the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors conference in Killarney.