The National Observatory on Violence Against Women was established in 2002 and is chaired by NWCI. The Observatory is an independent network of grassroots and national organisations that come together quarterly to monitor progress on violence against women in Ireland. It provides an important space for organisations to work for improved policies and service provision for prevention and support of women victims of male violence. It raises visibility of the phenomenon of male violence against women, monitors government commitments at national and international level and provides relevant data. The Observatory links into the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) European Observatory on Violence against Women.
The organisations in the Observatory include Aoibhneas, AkiDwA, Ascend -North Tipperary Development Company, Action Aid Ireland, Cairde, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Haven Horizons, Longford Women’s Link, Love & Care for People, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence, Women’s Collective Ireland, NWC, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, Ruhama, Sexual Violence Centre Cork, SAOL project, Sonas Domestic Violence Charity, Survivors Informing Services and Institutions (SiSi), Women’s Aid and Young Women’s Christian Association of Ireland (YWCA)