Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice & Equality Jim O’Callaghan has today published the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2019.

He launched the Bill with Equality Spokesperson Fiona O’Loughlin and Seanad Justice Spokesperson Lorraine Clifford Lee.

The legislation will provide for the establishment of domestic homicide reviews. It will allow the Minister for Justice to order such a review following the death of a person which appears to have resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, partner or person with whom the deceased was in an intimate personal relationship.  These reviews have been a requirement in Britain since 2011.

Deputy O’Callaghan commented, “I am pleased to publish the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2019 on International Women’s Day.

“It is a sad reality that 1 in 4 of all violent crimes reported internationally involves a man assaulting his wife or partner. All international research consistently shows that a woman is more likely to be assaulted, injured, raped or killed by a current or former partner than by any other person.

“Regrettably, we know that is the case in this country when it comes to the murder of women. Since 1996, almost two thirds of women who have died violently in this country were killed in their own homes”.

Deputy O’Loughlin added, “Domestic homicide reviews could form a small but important part of Ireland’s response to dealing with this horrendous situation. We know from the UK experience that the use of domestic homicide reviews has identified a number of areas where support services could be improved”.

“Previous reviews identified a number of measures which could be taken to reduce the number of women and men whose lives are lost as a result of domestic violence.  Measures such as improved inter-agency communication, training; and the provision of guidelines are needed to provide a tangible approach to addressing this very distressing issue.  This Bill is the first step in the process of establishing domestic homicide reviews and I hope that all parties support its progress in the Dáil and Seanad”, concluded Senator Clifford-Lee.