The number of cases of domestic abuse has risen sharply since the onset of Covid-19 which has left families cooped up together during lockdown.
The figures make for grim reading as Gardaí received approximately 43,000 calls to respond to Domestic Abuse Incidents during 2020 which is a 16% increase on 2019.
This resulted in over 4,000 criminal charges for breaches of Domestic Abuse Court Orders which is an increase of 25% on 2019).
There were in excess of 7,600 Criminal charges in total for crimes involving an element of domestic abuse, up 24% on 2019 and three convictions for Coercive Control.
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However, Gardaí say that they are always there to support victims of domestic abuse and they have emphasised that travel restrictions DO NOT APPLY in the case of domestic violence or to escape a risk of harm, whether to the person or to another person.
Operation Faoiseamh commenced on the 1st April 2020 with the goal of providing enhanced proactive support to victims of domestic abuse as part of An Garda Síochána’s community engagement response to COVID-19.
The Garda National Protective Service Bureau (GNPSB) is overseeing the implementation of this proactive initiative, which was launched with the aim of ensuring that victims of domestic abuse were supported and protected during this extraordinary time.
“The Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB) and Divisional Protective Service Units (DPSU), now established in every Garda Division, supported by Divisional Victim Service Offices (DVSO) and front line Gardaí are all resources available to respond to these crimes and support these citizens” said a Garda spokesperson.
“An Garda Síochána encourages any victim of abuse or any person who knows of a family member or friend who is a victim of such abuse, make contact with An Garda Síochána, that information is important to us.
“Any person who requires urgent assistance or support, is asked to call 999 or 112, An Garda Síochána is there to listen to help and to protect”.
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