Issues Arising in Relation to a New Strategy Introduction
1.1 Cosc, the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence was established in June 2007. After extensive consultations the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, 2010-2014 was published. The mid-term review of the strategy was published in autumn 2012. The current document, with its appendices is the final review of the strategy.
1.2 As part of the end-term review of the national strategy, Cosc produced a draft questionnaire. After the experience of the mid-term review, where key informants were engaged in a semi-structured interview, it was felt that a questionnaire would produce more robust findings for the end-term review. This draft was circulated to the National Steering Committees for their views on 1 November,2013. A small number of drafting comments on the questionnaire itself were received.
1.3 The questionnaire was piloted informally among Cosc and Victims of Crime Office staff who would have varying exposure to different elements of the implementation of the national strategy. Minor changes, mainly of a presentational nature, were made on foot of this exercise. The questionnaire was circulated to almost 100 organisations and individuals in early March, 2014. It sought feedback on their experiences of the current National Strategy and requested input for the development of the next iteration of a national policy on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
1.4 Following a restricted call for tenders, a team from the University of Limerick (Dr. Eimear Spain, Ms. Sarah Gibbons and Prof Shane Kilcommins) was chosen to undertake a textual analysis of the 34 submissions received. A copy of that analysis appears as appendix 1. The analysis attempts to synthesise the views of those who made submissions and is organised around six themes identified by the researchers from the text analyzed. The executive summary of that document is clear and concise and no further summary will be attempted here. The full analysis gives a richly detailed synthesis of views expressed about the existing strategy and about the possible content of a future strategy. The questionnaire is appended to the analysis.
2.1 It is important at the outset to acknowledge that there has been progress and achievements during the life-time of the national strategy. Some of the main successful actions and outputs are listed under eight headings below.