GARDAÍ TO HEIGHTEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VIGILANCE AS CALLS RISE DURING LOCKDOWN

30 October 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

– Help is at hand, support organisations assure victims

The Gardaí in Co Monaghan are to heighten their response to domestic violence incidents following a rise in reports of abuse during the current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. The head of the Garda National Bureau dealing with domestic violence, Detective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly, said yesterday that Level 5 travel restrictions did not apply to victims of domestic violence or anyone helping them escape a risk of harm.

Every Garda Division in the country now had a Protective Services Unit in place to support domestic violence victims, Detective Chief Superintendent Daly pointed out. He said that a new phase of Operation Faoiseamh, which was part of the Garda’s community engagement response to Covid-19, was commencing. This would see a new focus on the enforcement of court orders and the prosecution of offenders. It was stated yesterday that there had been an 18% increase in calls for help from domestic violence…

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