Graphic Logo for COSC depicting a harp and text

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. Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1996


Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1996


Cosc has developed and progressed a number of amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1996 which are contained in the new Civil Law ( Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and in the forthcoming Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill. 

Section 17 of the Domestic Violence Act 1996 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. This legislative proposal has been approved by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform and by the Government and the proposed amendment has now progressed to the drafting process.

Further amendments to the 1996 Act are included in the new Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill which was published on 30th August 2010. This Bill will amend the 1996 Act to allow a person to apply for a safety order against a person with whom he or she had a child in common even if the couple concerned never lived together. Technical amendments will also ensure that opposite-sex and same-sex cohabiting couples have equal access to safety orders or barring orders.

The published Bill can be viewed by clicking on below link:

Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2010