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SAVI II Report must address substantial shortfalls in state agencies ability to collect gender based violence data – McDonald

10 December, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Marking today's conclusion of the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women campaign Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has commended the work of organisations providing domestic, sexual and gender based violence supports and services.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Today, 10th December, marks the end of the annual 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women campaign.

“I want to commend the ongoing work of organisations providing domestic, sexual and gender based violence supports and services to women and their children across the island of Ireland.

“Violence against women and girls remains prevalent in Irish society. Fundamental to combating this abuse will be the completion of the SAVI II report providing updated research and data on sexual abuse and violence in Ireland.

“It is welcome that the Government finally agreed to update the SAVI report of 15 years ago. However, of equal importance will be the inclusion of policy areas not covered in the previous report including the significant shortfalls in data collection and management within state agencies such as An Garda Síochána, the Court Services and Tusla.

“Years of under investment in IT infrastructure across the public sector has resulted in information management systems that are simply not fit for purpose. This shortfall has substantial cost and service delivery implications.

“If we are to end the prevalence of violence against women and girls in Ireland for the long-term it is incumbent on the state to deliver up-to-date data to meet this objective.” ENDS

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