Cosc

COSC - The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Cosc, the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, is an executive office of the Department of Justice and Equality. 

Cosc’s primary responsibility is overseeing the implementation of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014, which sets out the State’s response to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. The national strategy was developed in consultation with all relevant government departments and agencies and with the key civil society organisations in the sector.

The primary focus of the National Strategy is the coordination of the support services provided by both the state and NGO sectors to victims of sexual and domestic violence and developing further cooperation between them.

 The Strategy recognises that domestic and sexual violence are the principal forms of gender-based violence prevalent in Ireland. The gendered nature of domestic and sexual violence, the fact that perpetrators are most often men and victims mostly women and children, has led to the recognition of domestic and sexual violence as forms of ‘gender-based violence’ by the United Nations and in international discourse. While the strategy states that domestic and sexual violence affects both women and men, it acknowledges that women and children are disproportionately affected by these types of violence.

 The Mid-term review of the strategy, which took place in 2012, found that good progress had been made in implementing the actions contained in the strategy. An end-term review of the National Strategy has been completed. A new strategy for the period 2015 onwards is currently being developed by Cosc with input from all the relevant State and NGO groups active in the field.

Ninth progress report on National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014.

The ninth progress report on the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014 has been prepared by Cosc from information provided by the key state bodies with responsibility for the activities of the strategy.  Both the National Steering Committee on Violence against Women and the National Steering Committee on Violence against Men were consulted on the report.  It has been approved by the Strategy Oversight Committee for publication.