The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms. Claire Loftus, has stated that her office has noted an increase of 87% in the number of files submitted relating to domestic abuse or a breach of order so far this year. In 2019, the total number of such files received by the DPP’s office was 464. This has risen to 684 by the end of October this year.
Such figures indicate an increasingly worrying trend being experienced across Europe, and much of the world, that lockdowns and movement restrictions related to Covid-19 are inadvertently giving rise to cases of domestic violence and abuse.
While the €160,000 of funding provided by the Department of Justice has helped voluntary and community groups, and enabled them transition to providing online services, it is clear that much more needs to be done to combat this problem and assist victims.
These are challenging times for us all, however it is important to recognise that for many people the home is no longer a safe place. I would implore everyone to be mindful of those in our family, friendship and community circles who may be suffering. Victims are not alone, support systems are in place to provide assistance where needed and our work on this issue will continue.
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