Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (692)

Anthony Lawlor


692. Deputy Anthony Lawlor asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the incidence of domestic violence has increased since 2006; the annual figures for domestic violence incidents from 2006 to 2013, inclusive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23002/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose. I am advised that the CSO figures are compiled on the basis of the criminal offence identified during a Garda investigation, for example "Assault", whether related to a domestic situation or otherwise. As a consequence the figures requested by the Deputy are not available from the official CSO Crime Statistics.

I am further advised that under the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence work in relation to the quantification of the incidence of domestic violence is ongoing.