The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said data collection and analysis around domestic and sexual violence is at “crisis point” following revelations the Garda has been overstating the number of sex crimes reported to it by as much as 26 per cent in some years. There had been concern for decades that only a small percentage of sex crime victims ever made a complaint to the Garda. Orla O’Connor, Director of the NWCI said the current system of collecting data is “archaic and not fit for purpose”. During the 14-year period under review, from 2003 to 2016, sex crime reporting was overestimated by the Garda by six per cent overall. The Garda overestimated the number of sex crimes reported in 12 of the 14 years under review.
Source: The Irish Times April 16, 2018 12:22 UTC