Nolan raises importance of Domestic Violence legislation in Dáil
Sinn Féin TD for Offaly and North Tipperary, Teachta Carol Nolan, has raised the issue of new legislation for victims of Domestic Violence with the Taoiseach in the Dáil this morning. Teachta Nolan has called for both the Domestic Violence Bill and the Victims of Crime Bill to be published as soon as possible.
Teachta Nolan said:
“I welcome the confirmation by An Taoiseach that the Domestic Violence Bill will be published this term.
“Having met personally with members of Offaly Domestic Violence Support Services, I know that this issue is of huge importance to those working in the sector.
“This legislation is long overdue and aims to improve the protections available to victims of domestic violence as well as helping victims through the court process.
“Figures from Safe Ireland state that I in every 3 women experience severe psychological violence while 1 in 4 experience sexual or physical violence at the hands of their partner.
“Figures from the same organisation state that over 12,500 women and children have received aid and support from a domestic violence organisation.
“While women are most commonly affected by domestic violence, I am aware that growing numbers of men experience domestic abuse.
“It is vitally important that we have robust legislative provisions in place to provide supports to all victims of Domestic Violence and I am calling on the Government to publish both the Domestic Violence Bill and the Victims of Crime Bill as soon as possible.”