April 28, 2020
Domestic Abuse Bill is an ‘important milestone’ – Dillon

Sinn Féin Linda Dillon MLA has welcomed the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill which was approved by the Assembly today to proceed to Committee Stage.

Speaking at the Assembly today, the party’s justice spokesperson said:

“Today marks an important milestone in the fight against domestic abuse. The protections provided for in this legislation are urgent and vitally important to protect victims of domestic abuse.

“This Bill will make coercive control a criminal offence. This covers behaviour that is abusive because it is controlling or coercive or amounts to psychological, emotional or financial abuse, as well as behaviour which is physically violent, threatening or intimidating.

“There is potential, however, to strengthen this bill further by providing for a statutory entitlement to paid leave for domestic abuse victims as has been proposed by our party colleagues in the south, and by introducing Domestic Abuse Protection Orders and Notices, which it would be a criminal offence to breach.

“Sinn Féin will work with the justice minister and our colleagues in the Assembly and on the justice committee to explore how these provisions could be introduced in an effective and timely fashion.

“The progression of this bill towards the next stage, however, is a positive and welcome step and one which is particularly significant during the current COVID-19 crisis, where figures show domestic abuse cases are on the rise.

“It is important that we as a society understand domestic abuse as a community problem, with a significant impact on the wider community. This is a crime like no other and it is important that we tackle this as a community. This involves early intervention and prevention by educating ourselves and our young people on healthy relationships.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

From📍Clare to📍Kerry to📍Cork, people are telling us that the current government is not delivering for them.

🇪🇺If elected to Europe, I will stand up for Ireland and ensure the interests of ordinary workers & families are prioritised.

🗳️Vótáil Sinn Féin on June 7th for change.

🎶 An amazing day enjoying the incredible musical talents of pupils at Holy Trinity College and Holy Trinity Primary, as we celebrated our very own music legend Barry Devlin, founder and lead singer of the Horslips.

The concert left the audience in awe, with one breathtaking

Surging levels of energy arrears further proof of government’s failure to address cost-of-living crisis – Lynn Boylan

"It’s time for change. Sinn Féin would lift people out of energy poverty and deliver fairer energy costs for everyone."

https://vote.sinnfein.ie/surging-levels-of-energy-arrears-further-proof-of-governments-failure-to-address-cost-of-living-crisis-senator-lynn-boylan/

@LNBDublin

Now is the time for justice for the forgotten – @MaryLouMcDonald

“For 50 long years, survivors of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings and the loved ones of victims have fought courageously for the truth and justice that is still so callously denied to them."
https://vote.sinnfein.ie/now-is-the-time-for-justice-for-the-forgotten-mary-lou-mcdonald-td/

Load More