Cosc Consultation Forum on Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.
Cosc - The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence invited relevant stakeholders from state and non-governmental organisations to attend a consultation forum in Dublin Castle on Monday the 17th of November 2014 to hear what priorities they would like to see reflected in the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.
In advance of the forum Cosc completed a review of the First National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence following a questionnaire issued to relevant organisations seeking feedback on the First National Strategy and input for the development of the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence. A team from the University of Limerick analysed the submissions received. The analysis synthesised the views of those who made submissions and is organised around six themes identified by the researchers from the text analysed.
The morning session was opened by Minister Frances Fitzgerald (Click Here for Minister Press Release) and the afternoon session was closed by Minister of State Aodhan Ó'Ríordáin. Speakers included Dr. Eimear Spain from the University of Limerick who summarised the questionnaire results on the review of the First National Strategy and Dr. Joanna Goodey of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights who provided an overview of the EU Survey on Violence against Women (2014) with an emphasis on the results of the Irish section of the survey.
Prior to the forum participants were asked to reflect on what the priorities for a new national strategy are for them and the groups they represent, and the reasons why they are priorities. Cosc asked that those attending the consultation would then champion their priorities so that other participants would have a chance to consider them and see if they wished to support these priorities also.
The facilitator on the day, Ms. Maureen Lynott, used an innovative system of expressing up to three preferences for different priorities to gauge the support of those attending for the priorities proposed. The facilitator’s report on those priorities raised will be one input into the next strategy. The existing stakeholder submissions in response to the questionnaire and the University of Limerick analysis will form another input.