Sunday 30 April 2017

New barring order law for domestic violence victims

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Arthur Carron
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Arthur Carron
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Victims of domestic violence will be able to apply for an emergency barring order that can last for eight days under new laws to be introduced.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has revealed details of the Domestic Violence Bill which she hopes to have debated in the Dáil shortly.

It also allows for victims to give evidence by live television link so as to avoid the risk of intimidation by the perpetrator in court.

Children will have the opportunity to make their views known to the court where an order is sought on their behalf.

Ms Fitzgerald described the bill as "very important in terms of empowering victims of domestic violence and making it easier to access protection".

About 7,000 barring orders were granted in 2015.

The Tánaiste also noted that underage marriages "are a thing of the past now" as the bill will repeal existing exemptions which enable persons under the age of 18 to marry.

Irish Independent

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