Tanaiste Publishes Domestic Violence Bill

Tanaiste Publishes Domestic Violence Bill
Andrew Lowth
Andrew Lowth

3 Feb 2017

The Tanaiste and Justice Minister has published the Domestic Violence Bill 2017.

Frances Fitzgerald has as part of the recent campaign against domestic abuse.

As part of the Bill, it will be possible for a court to prevent a perpetrator of domestic abuse to getting in contact with the victim by electronic means.

It will also be possible for victims to give evidence in court by live television link instead of turning up in person.

This will allow the victim avoid the risk of intimidation by the perpetrator or an associate in a civil or criminal case. 

Speaking at the launch of the bill, the Tánaiste said it wasn't acceptable that anyone in Ireland is subject to domestic abuse as well as fear and intimidation:

"Tackling domestic violence has been a priority for me throughout my career. 

"Domestic violence is a pernicious evil that has devastating physical, emotional and financial consequences for victims as well as society as a whole."

"The Bill will particularly improve the protections available to victims of domestic violence, most critically for cohabitants and parents in crisis situations, by introducing a new emergency barring order which can last for up to 8 working days."

The only effective bystander intervention is a non-violent one. If you see or suspect domestic abuse in the South West visit www.whatwouldyoudo.ie or call 999.