Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Justice Jim O’Callaghan has urged anyone experiencing domestic violence to come forward and seek help during the current COVID-19 crisis.

A new campaign across TV, radio and social media aimed at reaching out to victims of domestic abuse has been launched this week. The campaign is a collaboration between the Government and frontline services to highlight the realities of domestic violence.

Deputy O’Callaghan said: “This campaign aimed at highlighting the reality of domestic violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic is very welcome and those involved are to be commended for their efforts in highlighting this very sensitive issue.

“Unfortunately, the pandemic has also highlighted the fact that many people are now trapped at home with their abusers. 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.

“The 2km COVID-19 travel restrictions does 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 O’Callaghan.

HELPLINES

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