Domestic violence supports remain in place during lockdown
MINISTER James Browne has highlighted that supports for people who are experiencing domestic violence remain in place.
As the Level 5 lockdown measures continue to be implemented across the country
Minister Browne, who has special responsibility for law reform, said the public should remember that supports remain in place.
Last year, Minister Browne launched the ‘Still Here’ campaign which was aimed at raising awareness of the support measures in place for victims of domestic violence.
At the time he took great pleasure in launching the campaign and has now said it’s very important for people to be aware of supports available to them.
‘It is important to know these supports remain in place for anyone who needs them,’ he said.
While acknowledging the introduction of on-the-spot fines for those beyond 5km from their home, Minister Browne was keen to stress that this is not an issue for anyone fleeing domestic violence.
‘[However] it is vital we all know restrictions on movement do not apply to a person escaping from risk of harm or seeking to access essential services.’
Minister Browne said frontline services are working together to support people who find themselves in situations of domestic violence.
‘ This work has not stopped during the increased public health measures and remains in place,’ he said. ‘If any person finds themselves needing access to these services please be assured frontline services, An Garda Siochana, and the Department of Justice are there for you.’