Margaret Martin, Director or Women's Aid, presented recommendations for the review of domestic violence legislation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence hearings on domestic and sexual violence on February 19.
Margaret's presentation shared the stories of three women, and the necessary legal changes to keep them safe. The presentation was based on a number of recommendations Women's Aid submitted to the Committee, which if enacted would immediately increase the safety of women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
Women's Aid is a member of the Domestic Violence Coalition, a group made up of ten frontline organisations, which was represented by Brian Killoran of the Immigrant Council of Ireland at the hearings. The Coalition's presentation focused on the need to introduce legislation to protect and support migrant women experiencing domestic violence who are too isolated or fearful to report abuse because of fears about their immigration status.
Pictured: Sinead Harrison, Women's Aid Services Manager, with fellow Domestic Violence Coalition members Leonie Kerins of Doras Luimni, Brian Killoran of Immigrant Council of Ireland, Rabiya Ali of Ascend Domestic Abuse Service, North Tipperary and Jennifer Dewan of Nasc Irish Immigrant Support Centre.