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

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2.9 Outside the Strategy

  • Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence adopted in April 2011 (Istanbul Convention) and came into force on 1 August, 2014 for the initial 11 countries which had ratified the convention

  • Work commenced to permit Irish ratification of the Istanbul Convention

  • The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has publicised its protocol for granting independent immigration status to non-nationals subject to domestic violence and is processing cases under it

  • The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) has published guidance on dealing with any sexual and domestic violence and harassment in its direct provision accommodation

  • The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has agreed a protocol on the release of counselling notes in sexual violence cases with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

  • There is a commitment to address the issue of counselling notes in sexual violence cases in sexual violence legislation

  • Daphne and Progress funding by the European Commission

  • The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has published the results of an EU wide survey on the incidence of violence against women across all 28 EU member states in March 2014.

  • The EU victims directive was adopted in October, 2012 and Ireland opted in to its negotiation and its terms.

  • Work by the Courts Service to improve facilities for victims in court buildings

  • The development of a more professional court accompaniment service funded by the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

  • Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality invited submissions, had hearings and are preparing a report on domestic violence; there have also been Oireachtas debates and parliamentary questions on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence

  • International Conference on Survivors of Rape 2012 hosted by the Rape Crisis Network Ireland in Galway

  • Recognition in Rape and Justice in Ireland (2009), in speeches by the DPP and an RCNI blog on the role of alcohol in sexual violence offences

  • Publication by the Law Reform Commission of an uncertified restatement of domestic violence legislation, making the law more accessible to practitioners.

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