Police need more training to enforce Ireland's new domestic violence law 

Ireland’s new Domestic Violence Act (2018) has included new provisions that make coercion and other forms of non-physical abuse a crime, but the new law has further exposed a lack of police attention on the issue of domestic violence.

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Why this story matters:

According to the Chair of the Policing Authority, Josephine Feehily, provisions of the new domestic violence law dealing with non-physical abuse will be difficult to put into effect. The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) agrees, as on the same day they released a statement that the police have so far received no training on enforcing the new law.  

“Victims of domestic violence deserve the best protection and support possible,” AGSI stated and has asked officials “...to prioritize training in this area as a matter of urgency.

Domestic violence has been a controversial topic in Ireland over the past year, as the Policing Authority has been calling on the police to improve its record in the investigation of domestic violence, including killings.

Details from the story:

  • In 2019, there have already been two domestic violence related homicides.
  • A review of homicide cases over the past 15 years is currently underway to help law enforcement assess the scope of domestic violence and its connection with homicide and, hopefully, improve police efforts.
  • “The origins of the homicide review were concerns that domestic homicides were not getting the seriousness they deserved,” the Police Authority chair stated in regard to the 15-year review.
  • The issuance of restraining orders should be available much more quickly under this new legislation.

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