Domestic violence



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

Derry courts domestic violence pilot to be assessed this year

The Department of Justice and Probation Board NI (PBNI) will complete an assessment of a domestic violence pilot at Londonderry Magistrates' Court by September under the updated domestic and sexual violence and abuse strategy.

Published 2 May 2019

Over 300 checks made under domestic violence disclosure scheme in first year

Over 300 applications have been made to the Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme (DVADS) in Northern Ireland since its introduction one year ago.

Published 27 March 2019

Updated court rules under Domestic Violence Act now in effect

New court rules required under the Domestic Violence Act 2018 have come into effect.

Published 19 March 2019

Inheritance law reforms to prevent partner killers from profiting

New inheritance law reforms to prevent people who kill their partners from profiting will be brought to the Oireachtas within weeks.

Published 11 March 2019

Ireland ratifies Istanbul Convention on International Women's Day 2019

Ireland has officially ratified the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence this effect from today.

Published 8 March 2019

MPs call for domestic abuse law to be extended to Northern Ireland

A cross-party group of MPs is calling on the UK Government to extend new domestic abuse legislation to Northern Ireland.

Published 18 February 2019

Demand up 37 per cent at court accompaniment services charity

The Victim Support at Court (V-SAC) charity has seen a 37 per cent increase in demand for its court accompaniment services in the last two years, the Irish Examiner reports.

Published 13 February 2019

Government to review domestic, sexual and gender-based violence strategy

The Government's strategy to tackle domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is set to be reviewed to examine its success.

Published 31 January 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Domestic Violence and Westropp's Divorce Bill 1886

The commencement of the Domestic Violence Act 2018 brings significant changes to Ireland’s law on domestic violence, including the introduction of offences under the heading of coercive control, the court’s express consideration of the victim’s psychological and emotional welfare, and extension of the eligibility of Safety and Protection Orders to all partners in an intimate relationship.

Published 11 January 2019

Michelle Cronin: Both family and criminal lawyers must get to grips with new domestic violence law

Michelle Cronin, solicitor at Comyn Kelleher Tobin (CKT), sets out the significance of the newly-commenced Domestic Violence Act 2018.

Published 10 January 2019