Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (18)

Sandra McLellan

Question:

18. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when he will introduce consolidated and reformed legislation on domestic violence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20844/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Programme for Government commitment - to introduce consolidated and reformed domestic violence legislation to address all aspects of domestic violence, threatened violence and intimidation, in a way that provides protection to victims - will be progressed as soon as possible having regard to the need for consultations and other legislative priorities.

In addition, the Law Reform Commission is considering, at my request, a possible amendment to section 10 of the Non-fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997, which deals with harassment. This arises from reports of difficulties in bringing successful prosecutions under that section in relation to domestic and sexual violence. I understand the Law Reform Commission expects to complete a discussion or consultation paper in the first half of this year in relation to their consideration of the provision. The paper will, I expect, also consider whether stalking should be provided for specifically in legislation.