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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. Proposed Amendment of Domestic Violence Act 1996


Cosc has developed and progressed a proposed amendment of the Domestic Violence Act 1996.  Section 17 of that Act makes it a crime to breach a barring, interim barring, safety or protection order made under the Act.  Court proceedings for breaches of such orders are held in public and this can discourage the co-operation of the victims concerned. It is proposed to change the law by providing in a Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill that breach proceedings are no longer held in public. The legislative proposals have been approved by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform and by the Government. The proposed amendment has now progressed to the drafting process.