The role of Cosc
Cosc – The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence endeavours 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.
Cosc’s role covers co-ordination across the justice, health, housing, education, family support and community sectors. This work includes close interaction with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) supported by Government funds.
On Wednesday 20 January 2016 Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, launched the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2016 - 2021 and Action Plan which was agreed by the Government on the 13 January 2016.
The Strategy, building on its predecessor, which concluded in 2014, envisages a range of actions to be implemented by State, voluntary and community sector organisations aimed at preventing and responding to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
Cosc is an Irish word and means "to stop" or "to prevent", and comes from the Irish name of the office.