Written Answers. - Domestic Violence.

Wednesday, 9 October 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 554 No. 5

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  1098.  Mr. P. McGrath  Information on Paul McGrath  Zoom on Paul McGrath   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   when he will publish the report of research carried out for his Department on the incidence of domestic violence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16398/02]

  1107.  Ms O'Sullivan  Information on Jan O'Sullivan  Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   if and when he will publish the research which his Department completed in October 2000 into domestic violence perpetrated against men; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16459/02]

  1113.  Mr. J. Bruton  Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the reason his Department is withholding the publication of a report which they commissioned in March 2000 on the issue of male victims of domestic abuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16519/02]

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  1214.  Ms O. Mitchell  Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   if he will publish the report on his Department's research into male victims of domestic violence which was completed in October 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17315/02]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  I propose to take Questions Nos. 1098, 1107, 1113 and 1214 together.

I presume the Deputy refers to the draft report “Men and Domestic Violence: What Research Tells Us” which was commissioned from external consultants by my Department in collaboration with the North Eastern Health Board.

Kieran McKeown Limited, Social and Economic Research Consultants, were engaged to carry out this work and the draft report was presented to my Department in October 2000. My Department then sought the views of relevant official agencies on the draft report.

As a number of issues relating to the methodology used by the researchers were raised during this consultation process my Department has arranged for the document to be peer-reviewed. I will take a final decision as to the publication of the report when this process is complete.


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