Domestic abuse is on the rise during the pandemic, after Gardai responded to 48,400 incidents last year.
New statistics show there is a 10% increase in domestic abuse cases in 2021 compared to 2020.
About 4,250 criminal charges were brought for violations of the Domestic Violence Act Orders in 2021, up 6% from the previous year.
And there were 8,600 criminal charges filed for domestic abuse-related crimes last year, up 13% on 2020.
The statistics are given after Operation Faoiseamh was launched in April 2020, with the aim of supporting victims of domestic abuse during the Covid-19 crisis.
The activity has been divided into five different phases since it first began, with the fifth being carried out before and after Christmas.
And a Garda report shows that from December 8, 2021 to January 5, 2022, a total of 122 prosecutions related to domestic abuse were conducted.
Phase 1 of Operation Faoiseamh involves using resources to reach and contact victims of domestic abuse.
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And according to the report, police contacted 45,283 victims since the start of the operation until January 7 this year.
Speaking about Operation Faoiseamh, Detective Director Noonan, GNPSB said: “Our commitment to vulnerable victims remains uncompromising.
The increase in prosecutions in 2021, both for violations of the Domestic Violence Act Orders and crimes with an element of domestic abuse, demonstrates that An Garda Síochána has the capacity and determination to deal with the crime. fully investigate domestic abuse crimes and prosecute offenders.
“The Garda National Guard Service Office (GNPSB) and Divisional Protection Service Units (DPSU), now established in every Garda Division, are supported by the Divisional Victim Services Office. (DVSO) and the Gardaí frontline stand ready to respond to these crimes and assist anyone in need.”
Police urge anyone experiencing domestic abuse to contact them.
Noonad added: “Once again, if you are a victim of abuse or you know a family member or friend who has been a victim of such abuse, please contact An Garda Síochána. If you need assistance or urgent assistance, please call 999 or 112. ”
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