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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. International Developments in the area of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence


The launch of Ireland's national strategy on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence coincides with a time of increased activity on an international level in the area of domestic and sexual violence. In 2008 the Secretary General of the UN launched the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. This is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world. The project brings together agencies and offices of the UN ,individuals, civil society and governments to work towards ending all forms of violence against women. More information can be found on

Activity in relation to domestic and sexual violence is also taking place at an EU level. Spain currently hold the 6 month rotational Presidency of the European Council and, has identified gender-based violence as one of their priority areas. Furthermore the European Commission is undertaking a study on the feasibility of standardising national legislation on gender-based violence. The results of this study may lead to the Commission proposing new instruments to combat gender-based violence. 

Finally, the Council of Europe is drafting a convention to combat and prevent violence against women and domestic violence. Many Member States, including Ireland, have taken the position that the provisions of the convention in relation to domestic violence must apply to men as well as women. Forty seven Member States as well as many NGOs and other bodies who have been granted observatory status are participating in the negotiations. Ireland is represented at the negotiations by Cosc.