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The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.

An Oifig Náisiúnta um Fhoréigean Baile, Gnéasach agus Inscnebhunaithe a Chosc

  1. Minister Dermot Ahern launches the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010 - 2014.

We have a plan! With your wonderful help and advice, Cosc has produced this strategy which was officially launched by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern T.D. on March 9th in Dublin Castle. The launch was the result of many months of extensive consultations, awareness-raising events and research work that provided the background context to the strategy. The strategy sets out the general vision, objectives and the specific actions to tackle crimes associated with domestic, sexual and gender-based violence over the five years from 2010 to the end of 2014.  The Strategy can be downloaded on the Cosc Publications page

Consultations with key partners across the Governmental and non-Governmental arena were key in the formation of the strategy which aims to deliver a well co-ordinated response, across the whole of government, to domestic, sexual and gender - based violence.  The focus of the strategy is the reduction of the prevalence of crimes associated with such violence and a strengthening of the protection and support services available to the victims of this violence.

To the professionals and officials whether in the medical, educational, justice, health or housing areas, the strategy will assist in terms of sharing of best practice and the development of collaborative and co-ordinated interventions.

To the survivor, the strategy will attempt to voice their horror at the violence they have suffered. It will demonstrate that we are listening and learning from their experiences on how to improve the system, including how best to disseminate information on the help that is available to them.  

To the many non-governmental organisations involved in frontline services dealing with the victim and, in some cases the perpetrator, the strategy acknowledges the work being done in challenging circumstances, and facilitates collaborative action so as to achieve greater effectiveness.

To all Irish people the strategy will reinforce the vision that all of us who live in neighbourhoods and communities in Irish society will not tolerate any form of domestic, sexual or gender-based violence against our fellow members of society.  We cannot let our silence on any of these crimes feed the violence any longer.

Finally, to the perpetrator, the strategy states clearly that such abuse and violence will be not be tolerated and calls on the perpetrator to seek help to change his/her behaviour.

Cosc thanks all of our partners for the wonderful commitment to date and looks forward to the new journey ahead - working together towards the effective implementation of each of the 23 actions in the strategy.