Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (338)

Gerry Adams

Question:

338. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the training given to probationary and fully qualified members of An Garda Síochána to deal with incidences of domestic abuse. [44955/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for managing An Garda Síochána, including the training of its members and civilian staff. As Minister, I have no direct role in the matter.

I am informed by An Garda Síochána that there are a range of training programmes in place to enable Gardaí to learn how to deal with incidences of domestic abuse.

For trainee Gardaí, I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following training is provided:

- While in Phase I training, trainee Gardaí cover Domestic Violence as part of the B.A. in Applied Policing Programme, under the “Policing with Communities” module. In this module, trainees are introduced to the relevant legislation and policy, and also receive related PULSE training. In addition, the Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB) deliver a seminar to trainee Gardaí on Domestic Abuse.

- While in Phase 3 training, trainee Gardaí receive further training in Domestic Abuse, with training delivered in Case Studies, Domestic Dispute Pulse Creation, Procedures for Obtaining Orders, Step by Step for First Responders and Domestic Abuse Guidance in Garda College. Adapt / Women’s Aid also deliver a workshop on Domestic Abuse Awareness in Phase 3 training for An Garda Síochána

I am further informed that the Continuous Professional Development section of Garda College has also developed a core programme for 2019, addressing issues including domestic violence and coercive control.

Finally, and as the Deputy is aware, An Garda Síochána is rolling out Protective Services Units nationwide, with specially trained members to specifically deal with victims of certain crimes, including domestic violence.