27% Increase In Domestic Abuse Call Outs By Gardai In Co. Tipperary

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Gardaí in Co. Tipperary attended 1,027 domestic incidents in 2020 an increase of almost 27 percent from pre-pandemic times.

The Garda PULSE system shows 811 incidents were recorded in 2019, the types of call outs include breach of interim barring order and barring order and domestic dispute – no offence disclosed.

The party Aontú requested to information from the Department of Justice who followed up with An Garda Siochana to receive the data.

The force says they continue to develop their specialist services in this area.

The Divisional Protective Services Units (DPSUs) have been rolled out nationwide to provide a best practice service in relation to all domestic abuse incidents.

Operation Faoiseamh which commenced on 1 April 2020 continues to provide enhanced proactive support and protection to victims of domestic abuse.

This Government is committed to tackling domestic, sexual and gender based violence in all its forms, and to supporting victims of this heinous crime.

The government says their commitment to combatting domestic, sexual and gender based violence and to supporting victims is reflected in the funding allocated under Budget 2022, with a total of €13m allocated to the Justice Department for its work in this area.

This represents an increased allocation of €5.35m and it says it will enable us to roll out specific awareness raising and training programmes to combat domestic, sexual and gender based violence.

It will also allow us to provide additional supports to NGOs and specific domestic violence intervention programmes and it will support a number of front line activities.

The department goes on to says that as part of this, an additional €1.1m will be used to put in place a legal advice and legal aid service in court for victims of sexual violence and €1 million is being provided to the Garda vote to refurbish and upgrade the Divisional Protective Service Units.

This will allow us to better support and protect vulnerable victims.

The Minister For Justice says she’s involved in the governments Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

This plan will outline how the Government will radically improve services and supports for victims and will be the most ambitious plan to date.

Helen McEntee say her department is also currently implementing Supporting a Victim’s Journey, our plan to help victims and vulnerable witnesses in sexual violence cases.

Its implementation will reform the criminal justice system at every point a victim comes into contact with it.

If you have been affected by this story, help is available:

Women’s AID provide a 24 hours service call 1800 341 900.

Men’s AID Confidential National Support Line is 01-5543811