1. Monitoring structures under the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Monitoring structures under the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Following the launch of the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence at the start of the year, structures to monitor progress of the strategy's implementation were put in place. The strategy recognises that a whole of Government approach is required to deliver progress in tackling domestic and sexual violence. As such, it contains a wide range of legislative and administrative actions to be implemented by a range of Government departments and agencies over its lifetime. The recent Programme for Government contains a commitment to implementing the strategy.

Given the complexity of the issues and the number of organisations involved, effective monitoring is crucial to ensure the strategy's actions are successfully delivered. In that regard, a Monitoring Committee comprised of key state and non-state stakeholders has been established. The Committee, which had its first meeting on 1 June, is primarily tasked with monitoring the progress in implementing all the actions contained in the strategy, identifying blockages to implementation, and to propose solutions to get actions back on track. It is envisaged that the Monitoring Committee will meet at least three times a year.

In addition, an Interdepartmental Strategy Oversight Group comprising senior officials from key departments and agencies has been established to ensure progress in implementing the strategy's actions. This group will hold its first meeting in September to review the progress on implementation for the first half of the year.