Domestic abuse victims must be supported during challenging times ahead – O’Callaghan

Published on: 18 May 2020

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Justice, Jim O’Callaghan has said that more supports must be put in place for people experiencing domestic violence as the country begins the first steps of re-opening the economy.

Domestic Violence organisations have noted increased calls during the Covid-19 lockdown period. There are now calls for businesses to introduce specific supports for victims of domestic violence who cannot leave the home for work purposes. 

Deputy O’Callaghan said: “More and more people are now working from home and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. It is therefore important that people are aware of the signs of people who may perhaps be experiencing domestic violence in the home but cannot escape from their abuser or indeed use the phone.

“A campaign across TV, radio and social media aimed at reaching out to victims of domestic abuse is something we should all familiarise ourselves with. Some women and children fleeing violence are left with little option but to return to their abuser by virtue of the lack of refuge spaces.

“Many people in Ireland are experiencing physical violence and psychological turmoil at present. Some companies have already led the way here in recent times and introduced a policy which provides additional leave to victims of domestic violence and offers specialist counselling. More companies should be looking into ways to raise awareness as we learn to adapt our work environments in the home,” concluded Deputy O’Callaghan.

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