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Irish Government Agencies working on Violence Against Women


Cosc is the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence. Cosc is an Irish word and means "to stop" or "to prevent". Cosc was established in June 2007 to ensure the delivery of a well co-ordinated "whole of Government" response to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. The work of Cosc covers issues relating to domestic and sexual violence against women and men, including older people in the community.



An Garda Siochana

Ireland's national police service working with communities to protect and serve. 


Health Service Executive (HSE)

The HSE runs the public health and personal social services in Ireland including services in the community, hospital services, and ambulance services.


HSE Elder Abuse Services

Provides information on recognising elder abuse, seeking help, reporting, and further resources on elder abuse.

Elder Abuse Helpline: 1850 24 1850



The Law Reform Commission

This is an independent statutory body corporate established under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975, to keep the law under review and to make recommendations for its reform. This includes work on consolidation of statutes and statute law revision.


Reception and Integration Agency

Responsible for co-ordinating the provision of services to asylum seekers and refugees, the implementation of integration policy, and responding to crisis situations which result in large numbers of refugees arriving in Ireland in a short period of time.


Equality Authority

The Equality Authority is an independent body seeking positive change in the situation of groups and individuals experiencing inequality.



Probation Service

Assesses and manages offenders in the community on behalf of the Courts Service and Prisons Service. Details of regional offices can be found on their website or in your local telephone directory.



Victims of Crime Office

The Victims of Crime Office works to support the development of competent, caring and efficient services to victims of crime.



Legal Aid Board

The Legal Aid Board is responsible for the provision of legal aid and advice on matters of civil law to persons unable to fund such services from their own resources.



Citizens Information

Provide information on all aspects of public services and entitlements for citizens of Ireland, including housing, tax, training and employment, and social welfare.