NEW GARDA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL CRIMES UNIT INVESTIGATING 137 CASES IN MONAGHAN AND CAVAN

25 June 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

ENHANCED SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS KEY FOCUS OF INITIATIVE, JPC TOLD

There were currently 137 active cases before the Cavan/Monaghan Divisional Protective Services Unit established by the Gardaí in July last year to investigate sexual crimes and serious domestic violence incidents, Tuesday’s meeting of Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee was informed. In a presentation to the meeting, Garda Detective Sergeant Rose McGirl said that the Cavan/Monaghan DPSU was “very much a victim-centred unit” with a focus on creating the optimum environment for victims of sexual crime and domestic coercive control to disclose their experience, and ensuring that vulnerable victims of crime were placed at the centre of the Garda service.

Detective Sergeant McGirl said the Cavan/Monaghan unit had been formally established on July 29 2020 and was based at Virginia, Co Cavan and Clones, Co Monaghan. Garda Inspector Niall McKiernan had been assigned to it and the unit operated with one Detective Sergeant and five Detective Gardaí. She pointed out that members of the unit were not first responders and the vast majority of cases it dealt with were referrals arising from incidents reported at Garda Stations or reported to Gardaí by external agencies such as Tusla.

The unit investigated sexual crime such as rape, interfamilial sexual abuse, aggravated sexual assault and sexual offences involving vulnerable persons. It also investigated and co-ordinated cases relating to the possession, distribution and production of child pornography and any related…

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