GARDAÍ in Donegal have reassured people who are victims of domestic abuse that they can travel beyond the 5km coronavirus travel restriction to seek help.
Last week, Women’s Aid reported a rise in the volume calls reporting domestic violence cases to its service.
Gardaí in Donegal say that the increase in calls being made within the county is ‘more or less in line’ with the national average.
However, victims have been urged to contact the relevant authorities.
A Garda spokesperson said: “If your home is not a safe place, we would encourage anyone to contact us.
“If you feel that you have to leave don’t be worried about the restrictions. We will support anyone who is a victim.”
Anyone who is a victim of the crime of Domestic Abuse, they should contact their local Garda District Headquarters or in an emergency call 999/112.
The District headquarters numbers are as follows:
Letterkenny – 074 9167100
Buncrana – 074 9320540
Milford – 074 9153060
Ballyshannon 071 9858530
“We wish to take this opportunity to reassure victims of domestic abuse incidents, including victims of coercive control, that you will continue to receive a high priority response during these challenging times,” the garda spokesperson said.
The Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) is available at any time and can be contacted at any time on 087-06 81 964.
Donegal Rape Crisis Centre: operating remotely, call 1800448844 or message support staff via the Facebook page, supporting anyone affected by sexual violence aged 14+
The Donegal Domestic Violence Service helpline number is 1800 262 677. This is also a 24/7 helpline.
‘Mens Aid’ Ireland formerly ‘AMEN’ offer help and support to male victims of domestic abuse. National Confidential Helpline 01-554 3811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of the above services can also be contacted via Facebook.