Domestic abuse



First conviction for coercive control in Ireland handed down

A man in Donegal has become the first person to be convicted of coercive control in Ireland.

Published 12 February 2020

Domestic abuse bill to be introduced in April or May

Domestic abuse legislation will be introduced at Stormont by April or May this year, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 11 February 2020

New abusive behaviour laws to be brought forward in Stormont

Legislation to criminalise abusive behaviour in domestic and close family relationships will be brought forward in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Published 28 January 2020

Criminal justice system 'failing victims of domestic abuse' in Ireland

The criminal justice system in Ireland is failing victims of domestic abuse, with only a minority of women feeling safer or that justice has been done after engaging with it.

Published 27 September 2019

Bill introducing new domestic abuse offence back on track after MPs return to work

A bill introducing a new offence of coercive control in Northern Ireland which automatically fell after the prorogation of Parliament will now continue to be considered by MPs.

Published 25 September 2019

Report on domestic abuse in Irish criminal justice system to be launched

A new report on domestic abuse in the Irish criminal justice system is set to be launched by Women's Aid Ireland next month.

Published 26 August 2019

Proposals to stop domestic abusers cross-examining their victims put out to consultation

Proposals to prevent domestic abusers from cross-examining their victims in the family courts have been put out to consultation by the Department of Justice.

Published 1 August 2019

Domestic abuse offence to be introduced in Northern Ireland

Westminster will legislate to introduce a new offence of coercive control in Northern Ireland, former Justice Minister Claire Sugden has announced.

Published 16 July 2019

Further action needed on handling domestic violence and abuse cases

Further action must be taken to improve how cases of domestic violence and abuse are handled in Northern Ireland's criminal justice system, according to a key watchdog.

Published 19 June 2019

Draft domestic abuse legislation lacks adequate coverage, MPs warn

Draft domestic abuse legislation fails to protect women in Northern Ireland, MPs have warned.

Published 15 April 2019

Scotland: Council becomes first in Europe to give staff 'safe leave'

A Scottish council is the first in Europe to give its employees who have suffered domestic abuse "safe leave".

Published 13 February 2019