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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.

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Women’s Aid, the national organisation supporting victims of domestic violence have created a poster outlining all of the support points for anyone who may be in unsafe and abusive homes.  Included there is a website for details on your local services as well as the Male Advice Line. The poster can also be downloaded here.

Read the An Garda Síochána Domestic Abuse Disclaimer here.

 

Public Awareness Campaign on
Domestic Violence during COVID-19

A major new TV, Radio and Social Media Campaign tackling the serious issue of domestic violence in the context of COVID-19 measures was launched on April 15th. The campaign seeks to reassure victims that services are ‘still here’, and that victims are being prioritised.


It is important to know that the 2km restrictions on movement do not apply to a person escaping from a risk of harm or seeking to access essential services.


  • Read more here
  • Watch the campaign here
  • Information on services and supports for victims is now available on a new website www.stillhere.ie