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Thursday, 22nd October 2020

Women’s Aid prepared for surge in Domestic Violence during Lockdown

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Women’s Aid is urging community vigilance, and encourages women to reach out and seek support as the country locksdown with new Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. 

The charity’s 24hr National Freephone Helpline has been receiving roughly 1,000 more calls a month than normal and they expect that number to increase even further now that Level 5 restrictions have come into force. 

The Covid-19 national emergency continues to shine a light on the crisis of domestic violence in homes across Ireland. There is a greater awareness that home is not always a safe place for everyone.

During the height of the previous lockdown, Women’s Aid responded to a 43% increase in calls from women who were trapped with abusers at home, many of whom had to come up with ingenious ways to get in touch with us.

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Women called from their car, from the garden shed, from the bathroom with the shower running. 

The organisation will remain available 24/7 for callers experiencing abuse by offering a listening ear, practical information and support as well as being a gateway to local refuges and support services across the country.

Women’s Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 www.womensaid.ie

Support for male victims, the National Male Adviceline 1800 816 588. Details of all services available across the country can be accessed via www.stillhere.ie.

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