Should there be a domestic abuse register?

Should there be a domestic abuse register?

Well that is something they are looking at introducing in London.

A focus group are looking at the possibility of creating a national register of people who have been accused and convicted of domestic abuse.

The committee believe they need to send a clear message to anyone committing domestic abuse that the police have them on their radar.

It would be similar to the sex offenders register and those convicted of domestic abuse would be on a register. Would you agree with such a tough measure?

The figures of domestic abuse in Ireland are startling. For 2016 there were just fewer than 6 thousand cases of domestic violence reported to authorities.

There are no plans for such a register in Ireland although there have been calls in the past when Clare’s Law was introduced in Ireland.

Today I want to know if you think it would be a good idea.

Could this be a deterrent with the threat of being named and shamed on a national register?

I want you to have a listen to a comment I spotted:

I think this is a positive step forward in tackling domestic abuse but it does not go far enough. When a person is convicted they have already done the damage. What about someone who has been accused and is a danger in a new relationship. The register should also have the names of those accused of domestic abuse or have complaints made against them in order to protect a potential new partner.

What do you think of that comment – would you agree with them?

Should people who have not yet been convicted or have been accused of domestic abuse also be put on such a register?

People could then check a new partner if they suspect they could be a danger?

Or maybe you think a person can change their ways and having them publicly named and shamed is unfair.

I want to know what you think.

So Do you think there should be a public name and shame register for domestic violence?

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Remember, if you suspect someone is being abused – before you get involved, ask yourself if it’s safe and legal to intervene. If the situation is already violent or looks like it’s escalating quickly, do not directly intervene. Call the Gardaí on 999.

The only effective bystander intervention is a non-violent one. If you see or suspect domestic abuse in your area visit whatwouldyoudo.ie or call 999.

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