What You Can Do:
I’m a Voter
Ask your local TD to prioritise the Safe Ireland Election Manifesto
Learn more about coercive control by downloading our Quick Reference Guide to Coercive Control
I’m a Candidate
Sign up to #NoMoreExcuses2020 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Ensure your party prioritises the following five critical lifelines to respond to coercive control and domestic abuse in the new Programme for Government:
Implement and resource a comprehensive national action plan to provide immediate and long term, safe and stable housing for women experiencing domestic abuse.
Reform our Justice System
Establish a fair, consistent and high-quality Justice System for survivors of domestic abuse by transforming culture, capacity and accountability.
• Establishing independent monitoring mechanisms in family law courts to support public confidence in the administration of justice.
• Implementing a legislative programme to address any legal impediments to access to justice and protection.
• Establishing and resourcing an effective domestic homicide review mechanism.
• Investment in comprehensive training in coercive control, trauma informed practice and implicit bias for all relevant
professionals including Gardaí, Judges, Court Clerks, Social Workers, Probation Officers, Solicitors and Barristers.
• Reform of child custody, access and maintenance system to address current serious failures to protect and support victims.
• Expedite the development of Hammond Lane Family Law Court and upgrade court facilities to be suitable to respond effectively to victims’ needs.
Prioritise a National Prevention Strategy
Tackle gender inequality and intergenerational trauma by investing in evidence-based programmes aimed at identifying and addressing the cultural and root causes of violence against women, as a proven way to prevent coercive control and domestic abuse occurring.
Strengthen the Infrastructure that Women and Children Rely On
The Istanbul Convention, the EU Victims Directive and Tusla’s statutory duty set out clearly that we must ensure that there are sustainable and thriving professional specialist services to protect adults and children affected by domestic abuse. What we have, in reality, is a grossly under-funded, fragile and creaking network of specialist support services.
Prioritise Leadership, Investment and Oversight
There have been significant developments in the response to survivors of coercive control and domestic abuse in legislation and policy. But we can do so much more. We need Government leadership, investment and responsibility at cabinet level to make Ireland the safest country in the world.
Attend or host a local event in your area to support the manifesto. Be sure to check out what your local domestic abuse service is organising.