Policy & Research

Women's Aid aims to keep the issue of violence against women on the political agenda.

We provide relevant information and recommendations to government and other relevant agencies on the nature and prevelance of domestic violence, the barriers faced by women experiencing domestic violence, the inadequacies of existing legislation/systems, and information on how to improve system responses to women.

In the past, Women's Aid has successfully lobbied for the introduction of the domestic violence legislation, for the establishment of the Government Taskforce on Violence against Women, and for increasing funding for domestic violence frontline services.

We continue to lobby for the improvement of the Domestic Violence Act, for the implementation of recommendations made in our research on improving the criminal justice system response to domestic violence, for progressing issues of custody and access in the context of domestic violence, and for better response to the needs of marginalised women experiencing domestic violence.

Women's Aid also prepares submissions to various government bodies, policy and law makers including COSC, An Garda Síochána, and the Health Service Executive. This work aims to build political will and provide relevant information and recommendations on how to better address crimes of violence against women, provide appropriate services, and protect women and their families.