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Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week

A Connected Mayo

October 15th to 21st 2018

Brochure of Events

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week takes place this year from October 15th to 21st 2018. The purpose of this week is to highlight and celebrate social inclusion groups, initiatives and activities within Mayo and the valuable supports that are provided throughout the year.

This year’s theme is ‘A Connected Mayo’ and the events and activities which will be happening during the week are all centred around connectedness.

The brochure can be downloaded from this link (zoom to enlarge) and will be available in community venues and libraries from next week onwards.

Follow us on Facebook for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/MayoSocialInclusionWeek/

The website will be updated in the next few days with all events listed:   https://www.mayosocialinclusionweek.com/

Please see attached Brochure for list of events:

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week Brochure (Document)

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week Brochure
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Joint Policing Committee - Latest News

Mayo Women’s Support Services, a frontline service of Safe Ireland

Not Recognising Coercive Control Means that Domestic Violence Has Been Escaping the Attention of Vital Agencies

        Mayo Women’s Support Services Tells Mayo Joint Policing Committee

 Bernadette Byrne, Assistant Manager of Mayo Women’s Support Services (MWSS), told the Mayo Joint Policing Committee on Friday, September 14th, that domestic violence is too often escaping the attention of vital agencies, including those in social care and policing, because the offence of coercive control has not, up until now, been taken seriously or has been minimised.

Coercive control is a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other psychological or emotional abuse that is used to control and limit the freedom of an intimate partner or a family member.

Ms Byrne was addressing the committee on the topic of domestic violence and the recent ground-breaking legislative changes which have been introduced with the new Domestic Violence Act 2018.  The Act was signed into law in May this year, but is yet to be commenced.

This new Act recognises, for the first time, that coercive control is a criminal offence and significantly that violence within an intimate relationship should be viewed as an aggravating factor in sentencing.  

 “The recognition of coercive control forces us to focus not only on incidents of physical violence but on the cumulative patterns of abuse and the denial of human rights that is at the core of domestic violence,” Ms Byrne said. “This means that there is a much better opportunity to identify, recognise and prevent the pernicious patterns of control and abuse that cut down women’s choices, that limit their freedom and that too often end in tragedy.”

She said that, when commenced, these progressive changes will have a significant impact on how agencies and communities will respond to domestic violence, helping to keep more women and children safe

She said that MWSS warmly welcomes the new Act, adding that it signals the Government’s understanding that violence in intimate relationships is the most serious breach of trust. She said that their service and women and children around the country now looked forward to seeing the provisions of the Act commenced as soon as possible.

MWSS is a frontline service of Safe Ireland, the national social change agency working to end domestic violence.

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