Director of the National Women’s Council  Orla O’Connor: “We know from the numbers of women who contact the frontline services that both domestic and sexual violence is happening to a much greater degree than what’s in any official records.” Photograph: Laura Hutton

Comprehensive data on the number of women suffering violence at the hands of men is urgently needed if the Government wants to end gender-based violen(...)

Members of Women of Honour group (from left) Diane Byrne, Karina Molloy, and Yvonne O’Rourke. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Women of Honour, a group of former Defence Forces members who have alleged widespread abuse, harassment and discrimination in the military, met Mi(...)

The interpretation service is available in over 200 languages including Polish, Lithuanian, Arabic, Farsi, French and Brazilian Portuguese. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Survivors of sexual violence who do not speak English as their first language but live in Ireland are now able to seek support and guidance through a (...)

 Eight Irish judges have been trained in a programme on how to run courtrooms during sensitive sexual assault and rape cases. Photograph: Getty

Actors have been drafted in to role-play with Irish judges who are being trained in how to run courtrooms during sensitive sexual assault and rape cas(...)

Nightclub revellers and staff urged to be vigilant as venues reopen this weekend amid a number of reports of drink spiking

Nightclub revellers and staff have been urged to be vigilant as venues reopen this weekend amid a number of reports of drink spiking. A number of Mun(...)

Issue around consent were seen as a problem by more women than men, at 76% compared to 63%. File photograph: Getty

An overwhelming majority of people see a problem with the understanding of and respect for sexual consent in Ireland, new research shows. A survey a(...)

Enthusiasm for training is evident across the judiciary, with more than 70 per cent expressing a desire for it. Photograph: Frank Miller

When John O’Connor became a judge, first of the District Court, later the Circuit Court, there were no training courses available, bar an informal “sh(...)

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of DRCC, says the pandemic had a ‘very damaging’ effect on the survivors of sexual violence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Crisis appointments at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) for victims and survivors of sexual violence tripled in the summer of 2020 as Covid-19 res(...)

Charlene Masterson  speaking to reporters outside the Criminal Courts of Justice  after her father was jailed for 17 years. Photograph: Collins

A daughter who suffered years of abuse at the hands of her father has told of how she plans to campaign for greater awareness and support for individu(...)

Charlene Masterson speaking to the media outside the Criminal Courts of Justice after her father, David Masterson, was jailed for 17 years. Photograph: Collins Courts

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has been among those praising the strength of Charlene Masterson who waived her anonymity to speak out about sustained and ho(...)

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