GSOC statement following sentencing of Garda for coercive control offences

28 Jul 2022

GSOC notes the conviction and sentencing this week of a member of An Garda Síochána on charges of coercive control in what was a most egregious case of violence and abuse.

While this case was investigated by An Garda Síochána, we wish to inform the public that GSOC, as an independent statutory body, is also legally empowered to independently receive complaints alleging criminal conduct by Garda members, and that members of the public have the option of taking complaints of domestic abuse to us, should they wish to do so.

GSOC takes allegations of violence against women perpetrated by members of An Garda Síochána very seriously, and has carried out a number of such investigations, including cases that have resulted in conviction and sentencing.

Any person who has been the subject of abuse from a domestic partner – or ex-partner – who is a Garda may, if they wish, take a complaint to GSOC, where it will be listened to and examined thoroughly.

GSOC further welcomes the recent publication by Minister McEntee of the Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, which outlines the relevance of GSOC’s statutory remit as an independent policing oversight body in combatting domestic violence.

To make a complaint to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, LoCall 0818 600 800 or fill out a complaint form at