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Shock figures Gardai reveal 17 per cent spike in domestic violence calls

There has been a 17 per cent increase in calls this year for help with issues linked to domestic violence, with over 217 prosecutions already commencing.

At the start of April this year, Operation Faoiseamh was established by gardaí for any breaches of orders issued under the Domestic Violence Act 2018 while the country remained in lockdown.

The operation entered its third phase on October 28, and 110 prosecutions have started since then. In total, 217 prosecutions have commenced.

Detective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly said the gardaí want to provide robust help for victims of domestic abuse, and all vulnerable people.

“Through our community engagement response to Covid-19, Operation Faoiseamh has protected victims, provided comfort and assurance to those victims experiencing domestic abuse,” he said.

“An Garda Síochána are mindful of the fear and concern some in our community have during Covid restrictions.”

The operation will continue throughout Christmas and beyond as restrictions on movement remain, and to date they recorded 20,699 contacts or attempts at contacting victims of domestic abuse.

Detective Daly urged anybody in danger to get in touch with the gardaí for help and assistance.

“If you are a victim of abuse or you know of a family member or friend who is a victim of such abuse, that information is important to us and I ask that you make contact with An Garda Síochána,” he said.

“If you require urgent assistance or support, please call 999 or 112, we are there to listen to help and to protect.”

During the first phase of the plan in April, gardaí tried to figure out any existing issues of concern, to offer support and reassurance, and to ensure that any issues identified were dealt with swiftly.

Phase two started on May 13, and concentrated on performing arrests and beginning prosecutions for offences relating to breaches of court orders.

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