Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Gardai in the county are encouraging victims of domestic violence to come forward as a new initiative was launched earlier today.

Garda Superintendent for the Castlerea Gardai Division Goretti Sheridan has encouraged victims of domestic violence to come forward to Gardai and relevant support agencies in seeking help.

Superintendent Sheridan made her comments after Safe Link, the county’s domestic abuse service reported a dramatic spike in the numbers of domestic violence cases reported since the start of the Covid-19 restrictions.

The organisation has reported a 35% increase in new clients and an increase of 50% in crisis calls to its helpline since restrictions began. Earlier today, a domestic abuse resource was launched,  initiated by the Roscommon Child and Family Support Network (CFSN) and supported by Safe Link and An Garda Siochana.

Superintendent Sheridan said many victims of domestic violence could be afraid to report crimes committed against them. She encouraged victims to contact Gardai and support agencies where a level of supports are available.

The new CFSN initiative provides supports and information on how to recognise domestic abuse, the different types of abuse and how to access supports.

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