Gardaí in Tipperary are marking Go Purple Day to show their support for victims of domestic violence and raising awareness of the many support services for those affected.
The organisers say that this is an opportunity to remind people that Domestic Violence can impact anyone and to encourage them to seek help.
As part of Go Purple Day will see 244 purple ribbons across the county to symbolise all the lives of each victim of such violence.
Cahir-based Garda Sgt O’Leary is also reminding people that they should never feel bad about calling Gardaí to report these incidents.
She says that sometimes people come to Garda Station or they ring the Guards for help, Sometimes they’ll apologise for doing this. ‘You don’t need to apologise for calling us. That’s what we’re there for, that’s what we do.
“Some people are just broken and hopefully today’s event will help to get people talking. Because it’s not always the black eye that is clearly visible. Sometimes it’s just a change in their behaviour – you never know what’s going on behind closed doors.”