-New public awareness campaign launched reaching out to those who may be experiencing domestic violence-
Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has urged people experiencing domestic violence to come forward and seek help during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Deputy Smith said, “The new public awareness campaign reaching out to victims of domestic abuse is welcome and those who worked on this project should be commended. As more of us spend time at home due to the necessary public health measures unfortunately incidences of domestic violence may increase.
“For many people home is no longer a safe place and I would urge any person experiencing domestic violence to seek help. The necessary means to help protect you are there and the services will help you.
“It is important to know the 2km COVID-19 travel restrictions do not apply to victims of abuse and they should not feel trapped in their homes if they feel unsafe. Please seek help and do not suffer alone.
“Communities also have a role to play here. If you are concerned that someone in your community is suffering in silence and unable to seek help for themselves then please notify the relevant authorities to seek help for this person. This is a an extremely difficult time for the country, and we must come together and protect one another,” concluded Deputy Smith.
An Garda Síochána – 999 or 112
Women’s Aid – 1800 341 900
Men’s Aid Ireland – 01 554 3811
Male Domestic Abuse Advice Line – 1800 816 588
Rape Crisis Centre National Helpline – 1800 77 8888
Legal Aid Board Helpline – 1890 615 200 or 01 646 9600
Directory of local services – www.safeireland.ie