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Justice Committee to examine increase in incidents of domestic violence

18 Apr 2013, 12.32

The Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality yesterday agreed to examine the issue of domestic violence with a view to compiling a report with recommendations on what measures can be put in place to reduce domestic violence. Deputy Anne Ferris, who is Vice Chair of the Committee, was appointed as Rapporteur on the issue.

18 April 2013

Deputy Ferris says: “While crime figures are going down in almost all other areas, there is an increase in the number of domestic violence cases being reported. Our Committee agreed to examine this alarming trend in detail in the coming months. We intend to invite a wide range of informed opinion before us to discuss how domestic violence be reduced and eliminated, including those organisations who provide services to assist the victims of this particularly traumatic form of abuse. On foot of the hearings, our Committee hope to make genuine, practical and realistic recommendations to the Minister in a report on the subject.”

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Paul Hand,
Houses of the Oireachtas,
Communications Unit,
Leinster House,
Dublin 2

P: +3531 618 4484
M: 087 6949926

Committee Membership

Deputies: Niall Collins (FF); Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (FG); Alan Farrell (FG); Anne Ferris (LAB) [Vice-Chairman]; Seán Kenny (LAB); Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (SF); Finian McGrath (IND); John Paul Phelan (FG); David Stanton (FG) [Chairman]

Senators:   Ivana Bacik (LAB); Paul Bradford (FG); Martin Conway (FG); Rónán Mullen (IND); Denis O’Donovan (FF); Katherine Zappone (IND)