12 Aug 2022

New phase of Garda actions to tackle Covid-19 lockdown domestic violence

Covid-19  coronavirus
Gardaí are commencing a new phase of its operation that targets domestic abuse and violence.
Phase 3 of Operation Faoiseamh will once again see the Gardaí prioritise helping victims and those at risk.

A statement said the third phase will see Gardaí combine the actions of the previous phases and proactively reach out and make contact with previous victims to provide reassurance, support and to offer the assistance of local and specialised resources.

They say there will be a renewed focus on the enforcement of court orders and the prosecution of offenders.
Garda HQ says the force continues to treat all instances of domestic abuse as a priority and once again re-enforces its commitment to ‘keeping people safe’, and in particular the victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
Gardai insist that the vulnerable and victims of abuse, will continue to receive the 'highest priority response'.

A statement said the Gardaí would continue to liaise with and support its partners in State and non-State Agencies to facilitate continuity in respect of access to support services and Courts Services.

Garda HQ said resources dedicated to the support of vulnerable and victims of domestic violence have not been affected during our response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB) and Divisional Protective Service Units (DPSU), now established in every Garda Division, supported by Divisional Victim Service Offices (DVSO) and front line Gardaí are all resources available to respond to these crimes and support these citizens.

Operation Faoiseamh k ey statistics to date:
•  18% (as of 19/10/2020) year on year increase to date in calls for assistance in respect of domestic related issues between 2019/2020.

• A total of  15320 (as of 12/10/2020) contacts or attempts at contact to victims of domestic abuse have been recorded as part of Operation Faoiseamh – Phase I for incidents which have been reported between 1st January 2020 and 12th October 2020.

• There has been a year to date increase in detections for offences relating to breaches of court orders obtained pursuant to relevant provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, 2018 of  14.7% (as of 15/09/2020).

• Between the 13th May 2020 and the 27th May 2020, a total of  107 prosecutions connected to Operation Faoiseamh – Phase II

Ireland is currently at Level 5 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No.8) Regulations 2020 are currently in force and restrict the movement of persons from their place of residence.

Travel restrictions do not apply in the case of domestic violence or to escape risk of harm, whether to the person or to another person.

Gardai say Operation Faoiseamh commenced on April 1, 2020 with the goal of providing enhanced proactive support to victims of domestic abuse.

The force claims Operation Faoiseamh formed part of its community engagement response to COVID-19. GNPSB is overseeing the implementation of this proactive initiative, which was launched with the aim of ensuring that victims of domestic abuse were supported and protected during this extraordinary time.
Speaking in advance of the commencement of Operation Faoiseamh – Phase 3 Detective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly, Garda National Protective Services Bureau stated;
"Prior to the commencement of Operation Faoiseamh I assured those victims experiencing domestic abuse that An Garda Síochána were available to assist you in this difficult time. An Garda Síochána are mindful of the fear and concern some in our community may have at this time.
"I wish to take this opportunity to re-emphasise our commitment to protect the most vulnerable in society. Operation Faoiseamh has been established to ensure you are safe, if you feel threatened or are in fear please contact us and we will respond quickly and robustly.
"If you are a victim of abuse or you know of a family member or friend who is a victim of such abuse, that information is important to us and I ask that you make contact with An Garda Síochána. If you require urgent assistance or support, please call 999 or 112, we are there to listen to help and to protect,” he said.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.