Review of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014

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10.1 Some comments on the National Steering Committees have been made above. The effective suspension of most of the Regional Advisory Committees is something that needs to be addressed in any new strategy. The analysis of submissions by the University of Limerick is notable for the lack of any reference to the Public Awareness sub-Committee, and only passing reference to the Legal Issues sub-Committee.

Political will

11.1 A further issue of concern, especially among the voluntary sector organisations, is the political will to drive forward a further national strategy. This has given rise to calls for a Minister of State to chair the National Steering Committee on Violence Against Women. The political will in relation to a second strategy will be signalled by a Government decision to publish a strategy. Various ministers will have their efforts to progress legislation under any new strategy monitored and reviewed. It is a matter for the Government to decide on the appropriate structures to support and advise on any new strategy.

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