We have all been 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.
We also know that stress can increase the chance of violence in homes when there is a history of domestic abuse.
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, even during the restrictions which are now in place due to Covid-19.
Restrictions on movement do not apply to a person escaping from a risk of harm or seeking to access essential services. In other words, the 2km rule will not apply to you.
‘At a time when we have all been asked to stay at home, I am very conscious that for victims of domestic or sexual abuse, home can be anything but a safe place. I want victims to know that they will continue to receive the highest priority from the civil and criminal justice system throughout this crisis. I want perpetrators to know that too.’
Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan
‘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
‘This initiative is a partnership between the Department of Justice and Equality, and frontline State services including An Garda Síochána working together with organisations from the community and voluntary sector. We stand together in our support for victims of domestic and sexual violence during this difficult period.’
Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton