More Clarification Needed

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) broadly welcomes the launch of the National Women’s Strategy 2007-2016 by Minister for State Frank Fahey. At the launch Minister Fahey announced the establishment of a new Office to prevent domestic violence. This is to be a new Executive Office to provide enhanced co-ordination and leadership to address the problem of domestic violence and violence against women and is to be called Cosc- Irish Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive, DRCC said “While we are happy to broadly welcome the setting up of a new Executive Office we were glad to hear Minister Fahey say at the launch today that ‘nothing was set in stone’. We would need clarification on how this office will work, where and how the monies will be allocated, and how the NGOs will be included. But first and foremost we would have a big question on the title of the office Cosc – Irish Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. The term Domestic does not cover what the broader remit of the office is supposed to be i.e. Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence.”

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

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