23 Apr Mayo goes purple to highlight the prevalence of domestic violence across Ireland – Dillon
Today, Friday April 23rd wear a little purple to show solidarity with victims of domestic violence and with those offering support, Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has said.
Deputy Dillon said “My colleague, Minister McEntee is actively working on the Family Law reform programme, which is urgently needed to build a new Family Law Court where we have judges, lawyers and other professionals, especially Section 47 assessors, that are specifically trained in these areas – including contemporary understandings of the manipulative patterns of behaviour that affect children and families and which can be perpetuated throughout the family law process.
“There are fantastic organisations doing some very great work in these areas. This morning, I met with Mayo Women’s Support Services, a front-line dedicated service in County Mayo, offering a free confidential service and a range of supports to all women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence.
Deputy Dillon said: “Seeing so much support really lifts the spirits of those working in domestic violence services. We all need to support each other in order to break the silence on this insidious issue that is behind too many doors in homes across Ireland.”
Deputy Dillon concluded, “To break this pattern of behaviour, we need to understand these issues, from a societal perspective, a Government policy perspective and a judicial perspective.
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You can contact MWSS –http://www.mwss.ie/ (094) 902 5409