Once in a generation chance to tackle domestic violence

Dublin Fingal TD, Alan Farrell, has urged the Government to seize the moment in the months ahead and build on solid Government commitments to make significant changes to how we support victims and survivors of Domestic Violence in Ireland.

Deputy Farrell said, “Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence is a cancer on our society and it has been disproportionately effecting women and girls for decades. There has been much good work done by stakeholders and Governments over the years, but I believe that we now have the chance to make profound changes that will help begin to turn the tide on this issue.”

“The Government will soon take receipt of a report, commissioned by Minister O’Gorman, into the development of paid leave for victims and survivors of Domestic Violence, I believe the Government should act quickly on this report and follow the lead of countries such as New Zealand who have already introduced 10 paid leave days for ‘family violence’ per annum.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “The imminent publication of the 3rd National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, developed by my colleague Minister Helen McEntee, will provide another critical step in developing preventative measures against this type of violence and support for those experiencing it. This is in conjunction with strengthening legislation on non-fatal strangulation and stalking; as well as the ‘Supporting A Victim’s Journey’ plan that walks with victims throughout legal and post legal proceedings.”

“Moreover, efforts are being made to increase the level of education in our schools and 3rd level institutions to address issues of equality and consent.”

“I believe that we can make 2022 a landmark year in the battle against all forms of Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence. We have the opportunity and the will to make the decisions that are needed and improve the services for victims and survivors across Ireland.”

Deputy Farrell added, “I recently held a public meeting on this issue and it was clear from those that attended that there is energy and passion on all sides to see this issue tackled, however, this is not an issue that Government alone can solve. We all need to be involved in this effort and I urge people across Ireland to engage with their communities and their politicians on this matter, we can make real change when working together.”