• Clodagh Meaney

No Junior Minister for Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence is Disappointing, say Safe Ireland

It comes as DSGBV was named in the Programme for Government as an 'epidemic'.


As the 33rd Dail was formed last week, no junior minster for Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV), a decision that Safe Ireland say is a disappointing one.


It comes as DSGBV was named in the Programme for Government as an 'epidemic', meanwhile, Domestic Abuse rose by 25 percent during COVID-19 lockdown.


Safe Ireland, which is the national policy and services hub for domestic violence member services across the country, have consistently called for a designated Minister with the whole of Government reach, responsibility and resources needed to respond effectively to this epidemic.


Mary McDermott, Co-CEO of Safe Ireland, said that while it has been reported that Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence will be held within the new Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, it was, to date, being kept “in the closet”.


“It is disappointing that this crucial issue – named in the Programme for Government as an epidemic – did not receive a dedicated Junior Ministry,” she said.


“However, over the past few months in particular we have seen an unprecedented awareness, outpouring of support and recognition from businesses, communities, artists and government that people should not have to live with abuse and control," she explained.


Mary said that she hopes unity on the issue, which was formed through the pandemic continues.


“As a sector that has become more united through the pandemic, it is our strongly held belief that this is an issue which can be resolved - but not without a sound infrastructure and a coherent government location with cross departmental reach and resources."


"We look forward to continuing to work with Government to achieve this,” she concluded.


If you have been affected by any of the themes in this article, please reach out.

Children At Risk Ireland - 1890 92 45 67

Men's Aid - 01 554 3811

Women’s Aid -  1800 34 19 00

Rape Crisis Centre - 1800 77 88 88

​For more see here.

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