Lockdown leads to surge in domestic violence reports
Restrictions brought in to combat the spread of Covid-19 has resulted in an alarming surge in calls to a domestic violence helpline.
There was a 43% increase in responses by the Women’s Aid’s 24-hour helpline between March and June, compared to the same period last year.
Responding to the report’s findings, the founder of Stop Domestic Violence in Ireland (SDVII) Priscilla Grainger called on Justice Minister Helen McEntee to immediately implement stronger legislation to criminalise domestic abuse.
Ms Grainger (pictured below with her daughter and SDVII co-founder Ainie) told RTÉ the lockdown has seen “men, women and children” suffering at the hands of their abusers.
The Dublin woman urged Minister McEntee to bring in an emergency order to give gardaí more powers of arrest.