I’m delighted to provide a message of support for this year’s ’16 Days of Action’ campaign. The campaign draws attention to some of the most pressing current challenges in preventing and responding to domestic violence against women. Domestic violence as a descriptor can often seem a woefully inadequate term. We are not just talking about isolated incidents of physical violence.
We need to remember that it also encompasses ongoing cases of psychological intimidation, and the shattering of confidence and emotional strength.
It destroys people’s lives.
It destroys people’s well-being.
The campaign is needed in order to fight back against a trauma that is often suffered in isolation, and is an all too intensely personal one.
As an organisation, we will continue to work with stakeholders to help prevent and tackle crime. It is imperative that we not only continue to be open to different voices or ideas, but that we also actively engage with them, learning and adapting as appropriate.
It’s also vital that we continue to evolve and ensure we are providing the best possible service to individuals in times of crisis or need – hence the creation of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB).
The establishment of the GNPSB gives a stronger focus to child protection and sexual crime investigations, and has a vital role to play in relation to domestic violence intervention, policy development and advice and referral to those in need of it.
We would urge anyone who has been inspired by the ‘16 Days of Action’ campaign to come forward and speak with us so together we can provide protection to people and families. Any information given to us will be handled sensitively, treated in the strictest of confidence and taken seriously.
Once again, congratulations to Women’s Aid for ensuring this damaging crime continues to be at the forefront of the national conversation.