Thursday 23 February 2017

Laws extended to protect domestic violence victims

Tom Brady Security Editor

Published 06/07/2011 | 05:00

MORE victims of domestic violence are to get legal protection.

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Domestic violence legislation is being extended to ensure the law can be used against a wider range of offenders.

Under the proposed changes, at present before the Dail, a parent will be able to apply for a safety order against the other parent of a child.

Other amendments being introduced will allow similar protections for unmarried opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples, who have not registered a civil partnership.

Couples will also no longer need to have lived together for a minimum period before one of them can obtain a safety order.

Irish Independent

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