Covid-19 restrictions on movement do not apply to domestic abuse victims who are trying to avoid harm, the government has stated today.

People who are escaping abusers or seeking access to essential support services will be allowed to travel beyond the 2km limit set during the current lockdown.

The reminder is part of the government’s ‘Still Here‘ initiative to protect people in danger in their home settings. With all citizens urged to stay at home in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, home may not be a safe place for everyone.

The Still Here website was launched to share crucial information on domestic and sexual violence support services from State agencies and the voluntary sector at this time.

1800262677 – Donegal Domestic Violence Service 24HR Helpline

Minster for Justice Charlie Flanagan said: ‘At a time when we have all been asked to stay at home, I am very conscious that for victims of domestic or sexual abuse, home can be anything but a safe place. I want victims to know that they will continue to receive the highest priority from the civil and criminal justice system throughout this crisis.  I want perpetrators to know that too.’

Operation Faoisimh is also continuing, with An Garda Siochana prioritising domestic abuse victims.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said: “The COVID-19 crisis has not diminished our service. An Garda Síochána is committed to your protection and to the pursuit of perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse.  If you are a victim of abuse or you know someone who is, that information is important to us. Please make contact with An Garda Síochána- we are here to listen, to help and to protect. If you require urgent assistance or support, please call 999 or 112.”

Click here to visit the Donegal Domestic Violence Service’s guide on staying safe during Covid-19: