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Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Eoghan Murphy: I thank my colleague for sharing time. I very much welcome the opportunity to speak on combatting domestic violence. Taking that issue alone, these statements could be entitled, "Why there should be no more national lockdowns". If one suffers from domestic violence, the national lockdown makes one a prisoner, a hostage in one’s own home. We have all read the statistics...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Réada Cronin: Slapping and kicking, stabbing with kitchen knives, penknives and scissors, burning with gas jets and cigarette lighters and belting with open hands, electronic equipment or furniture, whatever happens to be handy, are just part of what women and children face in circumstances of domestic violence. Men are also victims of such behaviour but, for the most part, it is women and their children...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Matt Shanahan: I am happy to be here to speak on what is a silent epidemic. It has been prevalent in Ireland not just recently but for many generations. When we speak about domestic violence, we need to contextualise it to a degree. It includes abusive relationships, taking many different forms. Included are the physical abuse of hitting, pushing, denying medical care, emotional abuse, manipulation,...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Catherine Connolly: We move to Solidarity-People before Profit Deputies where three speakers are sharing time.

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Bríd Smith: I just read a press release from the Irish Council of Civil Liberties calling for urgent action on image-based sexual abuse. It says that the creation and distribution of private sexual images without consent is not revenge porn but is image-based sexual abuse. I learned this morning of a good friend and councillor of People before Profit who suffered from this a number of years ago when...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Mick Barry: Some commentators have described image-based sexual abuse as revenge porn. Of course, it is nothing of the sort. Revenge? Revenge for what? Is it for breaking up with someone? Is it pornography, when the person concerned never consented to the sharing of the image? In some cases the person never consented to the picture being taken in the first place. We need to stop victim blaming and...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Paul Murphy: There has been a terrifying growth in domestic violence during this pandemic, which has added great strain to services which were already overstretched and underfunded. We have also seen a rapid growth in image-based sexual violence. It is epitomised by this Discord server which has been uncovered which involves horrific abuse of women, including some under 18. I was shocked when I asked...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Patrick Costello: Covid-19 has really highlighted the virus of domestic violence. We have seen a report tracking the shadow pandemic that shows that almost 3,500 women and almost 600 children who had never sought support or safety before are now reaching out to support services. That is a huge number of people who are reaching out, on top of people who may already be linked in and who may already be trying...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: One of the biggest challenges facing us in the world is the extent and impact of violence against women and children. The global Covid pandemic shone a bright light on this darkness and we saw a staggering increase in the reporting of domestic violence. Women's aid services engaged in 20,763 support contacts in 2019, during which 20,049 disclosures of domestic abuse against women and...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Kathleen Funchion: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this topic. We have had a number of debates on domestic violence in this Chamber. As we know, there has been a significant increase during Covid, or it has just highlighted it more rather than there being an increase. Domestic violence and coercive control are unfortunately widespread. It is often hidden. The situations that people, mainly women,...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Pauline Tully: Last week, Safe Ireland, working with 39 front-line services, presented a new report, Tracking the Shadow Pandemic, which traces the prevalence of domestic abuse and coercive control during the months from March - the start of the first lockdown - to August. The figures are stark. Over the six-month period, 3,450 women and 589 children contacted a domestic violence service for the first...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Holly Cairns: I thank the Minister for this session in response to the alarming increase in domestic abuse and gender-based violence. Safe Ireland has rightly called it the shadow pandemic. During the first six months of Covid, there was a massive increase in people fleeing domestic violence and 3,450 women and 589 children contacted domestic violence services for the first time. The impact is being...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Catherine Connolly: 2 o’clock I am sorry Deputy, the time is short.

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Mary Lou McDonald: I know. It is indicative that it is short, is it not?

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Duncan Smith: We would all love more time to speak on this very important issue but at least we have this time and it is welcome. I welcome the opportunity to speak on this today. I acknowledge that in the budget the Minister prioritised funding for victims of domestic violence. It is the first time in my memory that a Minister for Justice placed it front and centre of priorities, which is very welcome...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Niamh Smyth: One of the biggest impacts on society, particularly for women and children, is the massive surge we have seen in domestic violence. Shocking and disturbing figures have been announced. In the first six months of the pandemic, An Garda Síochána called to more than 27,000 domestic violence incidents. I dread to think what the figure might be today, nine months on. At the same...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to today's debate on this very important issue. Since the onset of the pandemic it became quickly apparent that domestic violence services were under intense pressure. Safe Ireland recently published a new report, Tracking the Shadow Pandemic, which affirmed this. The report showed that a total of 3,450 women and 589 children who had never contacted...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Martin Kenny: I thank the Minister for her opening remarks. I noticed she mentioned the Still Here campaign. I will briefly say that the issue the Minister needs to deal with is still here. She needs to come in here and answer questions on how judicial appointments happen and what that process is. I am referring to the process she handles rather than the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board, JAAB,...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Mary Lou McDonald: "I'd gone from being a strong, independent woman to this quivering wreck with no friends, no job, and no confidence. I felt so low, I searched the house for pills for an overdose". This is Siobhan’s story, and her story told and retold thousands of times across the land because domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is an epidemic in our society; it is an insidious form of abuse...

Combating Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

James Browne: I thank the House for the opportunity to speak on this important topic. The Department of Justice continues to work on delivering our vision of a safe, fair and inclusive Ireland. An important part of this is our ongoing and intensive efforts to combat domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. We are improving our systems and processes to ensure they protect those at risk, support...

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