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

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2.4 Awareness and attitudes

  • Cosc funded ongoing national and local awareness raising of voluntary sector services for victims

  • Engaging men in awareness raising – The Other Half, SAFE Ireland’s Man Up campaign and the White Ribbon campaign

  • High quality work on minorities e.g. Travellers and Roma

  • Increasing focus on national messaging / campaigns

  • Engagement with third level students working with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) on awareness raising and research

  • Working with the Irish Countrywomen’s Association and Muintir na Tíre to raise awareness

  • Quarterly Cosc ezine published

  • Raising awareness among younger population of dating issues with Women’s Aid 2n2u campaigns

  • Development of awareness raising apps by voluntary sector services

  • Highlighting of the issue of domestic violence and later of sexual violence with story lines on the popular RTE soap Fair City and the drama series Love/Hate

  • The development of guiding principles in relation to awareness raising work.

  • The development of a communications “how-to” paper on approaches to promoting and developing understanding of the issues among the general population and specific groups

  • Cosc’s research into attitudes to domestic violence in 2009 providing base-line data was a useful input into Cosc’s own media campaign entitled Your Silence Feeds the Violence

  • Cohosting of conference by the Bar of Ireland and the Law Society on domestic and sexual violence

  • Improved information on family law issues generally on the Courts Service website

  • Modification of the in camera rule to allow media reporting of family law cases, including domestic violence proceedings, first on a pilot basis and then by legislation

  • Revision by the Irish College of General Practitioners of Domestic Violence: A Guide for General Practice

2.5 Prevention

  • Cosc’s research which explored awareness raising of domestic and sexual violence in post-primary schools in Ireland, provided a better understanding of how the Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) programme was working

  • Pending the development of second level materials Cosc funded some sexual violence programmes to visit and speak at some schools

  • Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) junior cycle material developed and being implemented in schools

  • Cosc circulated relevant third level colleges with course material on domestic violence developed as part of a transnational project by Mary Allen, late of UCD.

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