On May 02, Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, announced the passage of the Domestic Violence Bill 2017 through Oireachtas. The bill will consolidate and reform the law on domestic violence to provide better protection for victims. This bill will further enable the government to ratify the Istanbul Convention, a convention from the Council of Europe that puts the responsibility on the state to acknowledge that violence against women is a form of gender-based violence.
Domestic violence can have devastating physical, emotional and financial consequences for victims as well as society as a whole. An EU-wide survey reported that 14% of women in Ireland have experienced physical violence by a partner since age 15.