Since Cosc was set up in June 2007, we have built relationships with and between key partners,which involved developing collaborative structures and implementing our work programme. All of this work facilitated the development of a common purpose across the many organisations relevant to our remit.
The National Strategy on Domestic,Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014 was approved by the Government and launched by the Minister for Justice and Equality on the 9th March 2010. Work is underway on implementation and further details on this can be found on our Strategy Implementation page
The preparation of the National Strategy was informed by the following:
• Cosc held a conference in May 2008 to provide an opportunity for learning about initiatives taken in other jurisdictions and to discuss the learning with other stakeholders. Experts on domestic and sexual violence travelled from Australia, USA, Canada, and the UK to share their knowledge. Feedback from the conference was very positive and a Conference Report was prepared which is available on this website.
• Cosc’s research work has informed work on the strategy. This research included
-an examination of the breadth of services being delivered and the level of co-ordination between them
- data systems used by services
- schools programmes being delivered on domestic violence and sexual violence
-national and international research on domestic violence and sexual violence
- International and other domestic research was also taken into account
• In our call for submissions on the national strategy in 2008, we sought the input of those working to combat domestic and sexual violence. Forty-eight submissions were received covering a broad range of issues across all sectors. A Report of Submissions Received is available on this website.
• Cosc undertook a series of regional consultations in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Tullamore, Waterford and Sligo with key local stakeholders and individuals. The purpose of these meetings, held in November and December 2008, was to provide an opportunity for Cosc to present a composite of the key learning to date and to seek the views on the local and regional stakeholders on the key issues and actions, as well as on priorities which should be attached to them. In addition, Cosc met with a number of victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence to hear their first-hand experiences, both positive and negative, of accessing support services following domestic and sexual abuse. A Report on Cosc Consultations is also available on this website.
Cosc examined the material received through the submissions and consultations. We then drew up an outline strategy which formed the basis for discussions with government departments and state bodies.
The outline strategy covered the high level goals, key objectives, actions and activities to be included in the strategy. Further consultations with NGOs and state stakeholders took place to ensure that the direction of the strategy is sensible and reasonable. While the strategy takes a mainstream approach, there is a need for specific actions to take particular account of the needs of vulnerable groups. With this in mind, consultations took place with representatives of vulnerable groups to ensure that the needs of their area are taken on board.