MONAGHAN CO COUNCIL “WILLING AND ABLE” TO PROVIDE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REFUGE, SENATOR GALLAGHER TELLS JUSTICE MINISTER

1 July 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Co Council was “willing and able” to assist in the provision of a refuge facility in the county for victims of domestic violence and abuse, Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher told Minister for Justice Helen McEntee TD in the Seanad this week. Senator Gallagher, who is Fianna Fáil’s Justice Spokesperson in the Seanad, was proposing a motion approving the adoption and application of a European Commission Directive on the combatting of violence against women and domestic violence. Minister McEntee told the Seanad that the Government had approved her request to seek the Seanad’s approval to opt in to the directive.

“The political guidelines presented by the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, highlighted the need to prevent and combat violence against women, to protect victims and to punish offenders as a key priority for the Commission,” Minister McEntee stated. “The European Parliament has also repeatedly called on the Commission to propose legislation on violence against women and domestic violence, and on gender-based cyberviolence.

“Violence against women is gender-based violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately. It includes all acts of gender-based violence that result in or are likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering. “Domestic violence is a form of violence against women as it disproportionately affects women. It occurs in the family or domestic unit, irrespective of biological or legal family ties, either between intimate partners or between…

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