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Finding help for domestic violence during COVID-19

If you are experiencing domestic abuse while social distancing, there are organisations in Ireland that can help


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During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, we have been asked to stay in our homes as much as possible and avoid other people to limit the spread of the virus. This can be very challenging if home does not feel like a safe place to be.

Domestic abuse organisations across Ireland have said that their services are still available to those who need them, and there are places you can contact for help.

Getting help for domestic violence during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Find organisations in Ireland who can offer support for domestic abuse below.

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid offer a listening service to those experiencing domestic violence through their free 24 hour helpline 1800 341 900. The helpline offers confidential information, support, and understanding to women in Ireland experiencing domestic abuse. The helpline can also offer information and advice to friends or family who are concerned about the safety of someone they know.

For those who do not speak English as their first language, you can call the interpretation service on 1800 341 900, from 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week.

For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, you can find information on their text service here.

Safe Ireland

Safe Ireland provides information on 38 domestic abuse services all across Ireland. Their network can help you to find a service or shelter close to you and the contact details for each of these services. They have said that many of the services in their network are continuing to provide support during COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Find your closest Safe Ireland service here.

Men’s Aid Ireland

Men’s Aid provide information and advice to men experiencing domestic abuse in Ireland. Their services include a national confidential helpline, legal information and advice, and counselling, among others.

You can contact their national helpline at (01) 554 3811 or email hello@mensaid.ie

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre offer a free, national 24-hour helpline on 1800 77 88 88 for anyone who has experienced sexual assault, rape or childhood sexual abuse. The line remains open at all times during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Boots Pharmacies 

Boots Pharmacies now offer a "Safe Space" for people experiencing domestic violence. In this confidential space, people can contact one of the 39 frontline specialist domestic abuse services across the country and access free, confidential support and advice.

Find out more about the Safe Spaces

Contacting the Gardaí during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

An Garda Síochána have said that they will continue to work with domestic abuse victims and respond to any reports of domestic violence during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The Gardaí have said that they plan to deal with any domestic violence reports quickly.

In order to respond to domestic violence in the community during COVID-19 (Coronavirus), they have set up Operation Faoisimh, which puts plans in place to support and protect victims of domestic abuse.

This means that anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or if you believe someone may be experiencing domestic abuse, you should not hesitate to call the Gardaí, because they will respond to the call.

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Published April 23rd2020
Last updated July 8th2020
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