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  1. Law Reform Commission Publish Issues Papers on Domestic Violence

 

Law Reform Commission Publish Issues Papers on Domestic Violence

 

The LRC’s Third Programme of Law Reform includes a project to review the law on domestic violence.   However, since the Third Programme was formulated Cosc has begun a review of domestic violence legislation under the commitment in the Programme for Government to introduce consolidated and reformed domestic violence legislation to address all aspects of domestic violence, threatened violence and intimidation, in a way that provides protection to victims.

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr Alan Shatter, T.D. decided to ask the LRC to assist the Department’s general review by examining two specific areas of possible reform which had been raised by the Legal Issues sub-committee of the National Steering Committee on Violence against Women.

The first area which the Commission agreed to examine is whether it should be possible to refuse bail for preventative reasons where a person has been charged with the offence of breach of a domestic violence order under section 17 of the Domestic Violence Act 1996. The LRC published an Issues Paper on this question on the 12th of  July 2013.

The second area which the Commission agreed to examine is whether the offence of harassment in section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 is an effective means for the prosecution of the types of harassing behaviour that are common in a domestic violence setting.  An Issues Paper on this question has just been published.

The Issues Papers can be found on the LRC website - http://www.lawreform.ie/issues-papers.409.html