Intervention is the key to Prevention in Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform had the foresight to fund the pilot three year project of the National Domestic Violence Intervention Agency (NDVIA). Despite an independent evaluation of the work of the NDVIA and recommendations that it continue its good work, the funding has now run out.

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, CEO Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said “Victim safety and offender accountability from the corner stone of the work of the NDVIA. No other agency is capable of doing this pioneering work in Ireland. It is imperative that NDVIA is supported and allowed to continue.

The work of NDVIA is modelled on the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DDAIP) in Minnesota USA. DDAIP has been in operation for 30 years. In the last 10 years there has been no domestic violence related murder in Duluth. This is real lasting success. It can never be a quick fix.

As one of the front line agencies responding to the terrible consequences of Domestic Violence, we are calling on the Government to please support the continuation of the work of the NDVIA and made the monies available.

Here is a proven model that delivers protection for women and their children both boys and girls and in a few cases, men.”

For further information please contact:
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, CEO – 01 661 4911 / 086 809 9618

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