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Gardaí heard almost 120 domestic abuse calls a day in 2020

An Garda Síochana received almost 120 domestic abuse calls every day throughout the 2020 lockdown – a 17% increase from the previous year.

The total amount of domestic violence calls totalled around 43,500 for the full year.

Of the 43,500 calls, 7,600 resulted in domestic abuse-related charges – 24% more than 2019 figures.

The figures were released as part of the Gardaí’s annual report.

“An Garda Síochána knew that restrictions on movement [caused by the lockdown] would, unfortunately, lead to an increase in domestic abuse,” Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said.

“To combat this, in April 2020, we introduced a dedicated operation that saw a significant level of contacts made with victims of domestic abuse and prosecutions against perpetrators.”

The report added that 22,795 contacts or attempted contacts were made by gardaí with alleged victims of domestic abuse throughout the year of 2020.

“Operation Faoiseamh and the ongoing work of the Garda Protective Services Bureau saw over 7,000 criminal charges for crimes involving an element of domestic abuse in 2020,” said Commissioner Harris.

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