Gardaí across Donegal are taking part ‘Go Purple Day’ this Friday to promote and support Domestic Violence Support Services across Donegal.
This dedicated day was initiated by members of An Garda Síochána in County Meath.
‘Go Purple Day’ will involve gardaí wearing a purple ribbon on their uniform as a conversation starter in relation to the topic of domestic violence.
The colour purple is a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honour and dedication to ending violence. It is a salute to survivors and those we have lost to domestic violence. Raising awareness of domestic violence is an important part of working to end the cycle of violence.
A spokesperon for An Garda Siochana Donegal said: “‘Go Purple Day’ is a great initiative to promote awareness in relation to domestic violence and all of the support services available to people in need of them. We will post photos of our ‘Go Purple Day’ and details of all support services available locally to our Facebook page on Friday the 23rd.”
Anyone who is a victim of the crime of Domestic Abuse 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
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
Remember: Travel restrictions DO NOT APPLY in the case of domestic violence or to escape a risk of harm, whether to the person or to another person.
An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to any person who may have been the victim of an incident of sexual or domestic crime irrespective of whether you may have been on breach of any public health regulations, for instance by attending a house party, An Garda Síochána is here to assist and support you, please report all such incidents.