A free 24-hour domestic abuse helpline number has been launched in Ireland. The initiative by Aoibhneas, a Dublin based domestic abuse support service for women and children has been launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland.
Anybody in the country who suffers domestic violence of any from can contact the toll free number 1800 767 767 at any time of the day or night.
According to the reports, domestic violence in the country has risen by 10% last year. But many of the victims do not seek timely help which leads to persistence of such abuses.
“COVID-19 has necessitated changes in the way we engage family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, this in turn has exacerbated a feeling of isolation and disconnection for victims of coercive control and domestic abuse.” CEO of Aoibhneas, Emma Reidy said.
“We are pleased to offer increased accessibility and visibility to victims and survivors of domestic abuse by launching our 24-hour free-phone helpline.“
“Our ability to prioritise access to a free-phone helpline in addition to enhanced visibility from our new community centres in Swords and Smithfield I hope will reassure women and children to come forward.” she added.