Once again we are all being asked to stay at home in response to the Covid-19 pandemic but for those who experience domestic abuse, home may not be the safest option.
It is important that you know you are not alone – domestic and sexual violence support services from State agencies and the voluntary sector have been adapted and increased to ensure they remain available to support you. They will remain open at each of the different stages of restrictions which are now in place due to Covid-19, even the most severe.
Restrictions on movement do not apply to a person escaping from a risk of harm or seeking to access essential services.
‘We were asked earlier this year to stay at home to keep ourselves safe. But home is not a safe place for all of us, and domestic violence increased during lockdown.
‘I want victims of domestic and sexual abuse to know that An Garda Síochána, the Courts Service and other services, including the vital supports provided by our community and voluntary sector, are Still Here for you as we face more restrictions.
‘Irrespective of what restrictions are in place, perpetrators should know too that there will be no let-up in our efforts to tackle domestic and sexual violence.’
Minister for Justice Helen McEntee
‘The COVID-19 crisis has not diminished our service. An Garda Síochána is committed to your protection and to the pursuit of perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse. If you are a victim of abuse or you know someone who is, that information is important to us. Please make contact with An Garda Síochána- we are here to listen, to help and to protect. If you require urgent assistance or support, please call 999 or 112.’
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris
‘We unfortunately know the significant effects Covid restrictions can have on our most vulnerable, including victims of domestic and sexual violence.
‘The Still Here initiative between the Department of Justice, frontline State services and the community and voluntary sector, working together to support victims of domestic and sexual violence, continues.
‘Our support for victims of domestic and sexual violence is steadfast.”
Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne