An Ireland South MEP has lent her support to the United Nations campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune said that a third of women and girls will experience domestic violence at some point in their life.
She said violence against women and girls knows no boundaries of geography or culture and is a global crisis.
MEP Clune said she is confident the Government will publish the Domestic Violence Bill before the end of the year.
When implemented it would allow the State to ratify the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which the State signed in November 2015.