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‘No contact order’ must by introduced to protect victims of Domestic Violence – Ó Laoghaire

17 April, 2018 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice and Equality Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has called on Minister Charlie Flanagan introduce a “no contact order” to prevent those who are victims Domestic Violence being contacted or harassed by their abuser.

Teachta Ó Laoghaire said:

“It is vitally important that the Minister moves to introduce a no-contact order, affording victims of domestic violence further protections from harassment by abusers.

“Earlier today on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme, there was a particular example given of how victims could be consistently contacted by their abuser, and how the abuser would not be in breach of any law, despite it being a form of harassment, and potentially quite intimidating to those on the receiving end of such contact.

“The Domestic Violence Bill is currently going through the Dáil and to me this legislation may well be the appropriate place to introduce a brief amendment that I would be sure all sides of the House would support.

“The latest report from Women’s Aid has highlighted the barriers and dangers women face when trying to leave an abusive partner, including inconsistent decisions and responses from the legal system and the Garda.

“We must endeavour to ensure all victims of domestic violence are protected adequately going forward, and the establishment of such an order could only complement existing protections.”

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