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DOMESTIC abuse incidents have increased by a worrying 110 cases year on year in Dublin’s Metropolitan Western region. 

According to new figures the number of reported domestic abuse incidents in the Dublin west region hit a staggering 784 cases for this year.

That is a dramatic increase on the 674 cases that was recorded in 2019.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Mental Health Mark Ward TD has said the government must do more to ensure victims of domestic abuse can access support services.

The Dublin west TD said: “Domestic abuse is never acceptable and we all have a responsibility to send the clear message that it has no place in our society.

“I am deeply concerned by the figures suggesting high levels of domestic abuse reported within this constituency and across the country. Sadly, it shows that this crime continues to be all too common and is at epidemic levels.

“It is notable that while the majority of victims of the crime are female, 151 are male. This serves as a reminder that domestic abuse can affect men as well as women.

“Those working in the sector have warned that during lockdown restrictions, many people experiencing domestic abuse will have been subjected to further violence while trapped at home with an abuser.

“The government must ensure that there are sufficient support services and refuge places in Dublin Mid West and across Ireland. Victims of domestic abuse deserve to be believed and supported. No one who seeks help should ever be turned away.”

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