ICCPR concluding observations 2015, paragraph 13
Plain English recommendation
Take action to tackle violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual abuse, by:
(a) prioritising introducing domestic violence protection orders in Northern Ireland, as set out in the new Justice Bill.
(b) encouraging reporting of domestic violence cases and raising awareness among women of their rights and ways to take legal action.
(c) fully investigating all cases of domestic violence, and prosecute and appropriately punish the perpetrators.
(d) ensuring victims have effective remedies, protection and support, including strong police protection, emergency shelter, rehabilitation and legal assistance.
Original UN recommendation
he State party should strengthen measures aimed at preventing and combating violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual abuse, by, inter alia:
(a) Introducing, as a matter of priority, domestic violence protection orders in Northern Ireland, as envisaged in the new Justice Bill.
(b) Encouraging the reporting of domestic violence cases, inter alia by informing women of their rights and the existing legal avenues through which they can receive protection.
(c) Ensuring that all domestic violence cases, in all United Kingdom territories and dependencies, are thoroughly investigated, that perpetrators are prosecuted and, if they are convicted, are punished with appropriate sanctions.
(d) Ensuring that victims have access to effective remedies and means of protection, including strong police protection, adequate emergency shelter, rehabilitative services, legal assistance and other support services.
Date of UN examination
UN article number
2 (implementation at the national level), 3 (equal rights of men and women), 7 (freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment), 26 (equality and non-discrimination)