The General Election on Saturday 8th February 2020 is an important opportunity to improve supports for women and children experiencing domestic abuse and transform the system to remove the barriers preventing them from moving on to better, safer lives.
Much has been done in the last four years including ratifying the Istanbul Convention and enacting the Domestic Violence Act 2018.
However, much remains to be done to make sure legislative progress is implemented in practice and that much needed resources are provided for specialised services assisting women experiencing domestic violence. A new and comprehensive approach to protect and support children impacted by domestic abuse is also necessary.
In our manifesto Women’s Aid outlines what we want the next government to do to make sure everyone experiencing domestic violence gets the support they need. These actions are in line with the Istanbul Convention and the EU Victims’ Directive.
Domestic violence and abuse is a serious crime, one that can result in stress, short and long term trauma and physical injuries and, in extreme cases, murder. 2020 needs to be a turning point for women and children affected by domestic violence.
Whoever forms the next government and members of the next Dáil and Seanad, must take domestic violence against women and children seriously.
This General Election is an opportunity to ask candidates what they will do to transform the system responding to victims of domestic violence and support for women and children experiencing emotional, physical, sexual and/or financial abuse. We have suggested four questions to ask your candidate as they canvass for your vote. You have the power to put domestic violence on their agenda. Please do.
Please let us know any of the responses you get a the doorstep. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.