Laws extended to protect domestic violence victims
Published 06/07/2011 | 05:00
MORE victims of domestic violence are to get legal protection.
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.