Burglaries decreasing but sharp rise in domestic violence in Cork during coronavirus pandemic

Burglaries decreasing but sharp rise in domestic violence in Cork during coronavirus pandemic

DOMESTIC violence incidents have increased while burglaries have decreased in recent weeks.

According to garda statistics, there have been no incidents of burglaries in Cork North and Cork West garda divisions for more than three weeks.

However, there have been a number of burglary incidents in Cork city.

But gardaí say there has been an increase in domestic violence in all three Cork garda divisions, as was expected by support agencies for victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 crisis.

Cork West has had the highest percentage increase, with a 36% increase in figures from January 1, compared with the same period last year.

Cork North has had a 20% increase on last year's figures while Cork city is up 15%.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn said: "We are conscious that it is a difficult time for people who are cooped up at home."

He said gardaí are keen to help people who are experiencing domestic violence.

Last week, a new advertising campaign to assure domestic violence victims of supports got underway.

Its primary message being that services for domestic violence victims have not been affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic. A dedicated website can be viewed at www.stillhere.ie.

Domestic violence victims were assured that the 2km travel restriction during the Covid-19 public health operation does not apply to people trying to escape domestic abuse.

The assurance was given by Assistant Secretary General at the Department of the Taoiseach, Liz Canavan, during a briefing on the pandemic.

In an emergency, any person can call An Garda Síochána on 999 or 112.

* Support organisations include OSS Cork 1800 497 497; Mna Feasa, Cork city (021) 4211757, and the National Sexual Violence Helpline 1800 778888. The following national resources are available to victims of domestic violence: Legal Aid Board Helpline 1890 615 200 or 01 646 9600; Women’s Aid Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900; Male Domestic Abuse Advice Line 1800 816 588; Rape Crisis Centre National Helpline 1800 77 8888; Men’s Aid Ireland 01 554 3811.

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