Sexual violence



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

Law criminalising serious offences committed by Irish people abroad now in effect

A new law allowing for individuals who commit serious offences abroad to be prosecuted under Irish law has come into force from today.

Published 29 April 2019

England: Legal challenge to be brought against use of 'digital consent forms' in rape investigations

At least two women are expected to bring a legal challenge against new "digital consent forms" being used by police in England and Wales to access the personal data of rape complainants.

Published 29 April 2019

Consultation on child sexual exploitation law closes

A consultation on proposals to strengthen the law to protect children in Northern Ireland from sexual exploitation and abuse has closed.

Published 17 April 2019

England: Girl who claims she lied about being sexually abused by grandfather has plea for his release rejected

A girl who told judges she lied about allegations that resulted in her grandfather being convicted and jailed for sexually abusing her has had her plea for him to be released rejected.

Published 8 April 2019

Court of Appeal: Man given three years for defilement of a child under 17 loses appeal against sentence

A 29-year-old man who was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for defilement of a child under 17 has lost an appeal against the severity of his sentence.

Published 14 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

High Court judge challenges DPP over 'last minute' disclosures ahead of rape and murder trials

A judge of the High Court has challenged the Director of Public Prosecutions to take steps to address the "last minute" disclosure of records for upcoming rape and murder trials.

Published 6 March 2019

England: Decline in rape prosecutions prompts Home Office investigation

Rape prosecutions have declined to their lowest rate in more than five years, The Guardian reports.

Published 6 March 2019

Department of Justice to consult on new child sexual exploitation laws

The Department of Justice has published a consultation which includes proposed measures to strengthen the law to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Published 22 February 2019

Presumptive minimum sentences for repeat sexual offenders approved by Oireachtas

A bill to introduce stricter penalties for repeat sexual offenders has cleared both stages in the Oireachtas.

Published 21 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

Man who sexually abused schoolgirl fails in attempt to introduce sexual history evidence

A man who sought to undermine the credibility of a schoolgirl he sexually abused by introducing text messages she exchanged with a 13-year-old boy as evidence has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 6 February 2019

Court of Appeal: Man who sexually assaulted his two-year-old son loses appeal against conviction

A man who was convicted of sexually assaulting his two-year-old son while the child’s mother was at work has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 4 February 2019

Contempt proceedings launched against Irish Independent after rape trial collapse

The Director of Public Prosecutions has launched proceedings for contempt against the Irish Independent following the collapse of a rape trial late last year.

Published 31 January 2019