If a person is in Ireland, and abuses another person with whom he or she is in an intimate relationship, will face criminal charges. The law is termed as the Domestic Violence Act 2018 and has given relief to the people who have been facing the heat of mental abuse, which doesn’t leave any evidence. Until now, the victims used to suffer without any punishment to the alleged person. Now, the series of events will take a different turn and the victims of emotional as well as psychological abuse will release a sigh of relief.
In 2014, a pan-European survey was conducted by the FRA or the European Union Agency for Fundamental Right. This survey was executed to identify the rate of violence on the Irish women and was found that 31% of them experienced physiological abuse, 24% experienced abusive behavior, 23% of the women faced dominant behavior, while 12% mentioned being stalked, both online and offline.
Abuse is not only physical but can also be mental which leaves a deeper impact on the victims. Hence, the government has decided to recognize the threatening situations and declared to punish the alleged. Some of the actions will include isolation, controlling behavior, threats of physical violence, and others that are equally threatening.
Charlie Flanagan, the Minister of Justice and Equality in Ireland mentioned that the latest law will help in recognizing the effect of the non-violence acts on the people in an intimate relationship. He has tagged these actions to be equally harmful as it breaches the trust and damages the self-esteem profusely, resulting in harsh outcomes. He added the latest provision will bestow importance to the mental tortures, especially in the incidents when two people are associated in an intimate relationship. However, Women’s Aid stated that the law is implemented to protect the women but needs proper resourcing.