Domestic Violence in Ireland

LW 4401 Legal Studies Assessment
Essay Titles
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Essay Title One
The Domestic Violence Act 1996 (as amended) lacks capacity to give comprehensive protection to vulnerable members of families who are the victims of domestic/familial violence.
In light of this, discuss the requirements for a victim of domestic abuse in Ireland to obtain a civil remedy under the 1996 Act. Refer to relevant legislation and case-law in your answer and outline any relevant reform proposals.

Reading List.
• Alan Shatter, Family Law (4th Edition) (Dublin, Buttersworth, 1998)
• Jim Nestor, An Introduction to Irish Family Law, (4th Edition) (Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2011)
• Claire Hamilton, Irish Social Work and Social Care Law, (Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2012)
• Law Society Law Reform Committee, Domestic Violence – The Case for Reform, (Dublin, Law Society, 1999) available on
• Health Service Executive, Policy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, (Dublin, HSE, 2011a) available on

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