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Fears Mediation Bill may force abused into contact with abusers

Thursday, 14th July 2017

"Women who have been victims of domestic abuse may be pressurised to take part in mediation with their estranged partners if proposed new legislation is passed, Women’s Aid has said.

The charity, which supports women who have been abused, has raised concerns about the Mediation Bill 2017, currently before the Dáil. 

The aim of the Bill is to promote mediation as a viable, effective and efficient alternative to court proceedings in civil disputes, to reduce costs, speed up resolutions and relieve the stress involved in court proceedings. 

Once it is passed, solicitors will be obliged to advise people in dispute to consider mediation and, where court proceedings are launched, parties will be required to confirm to the court they have considered using mediation.

In family law cases, people will be required to attend an information session on mediation and, after cases have begun, the court may invite the parties to consider mediation."

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Language: English
Contact: Fiona Gartland

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