Adams hopes do­mes­tic abuse unit will be op­er­a­tional soon

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Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams says that An Garda Síochána’s new Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Unit in Louth must be ad­e­quately re­sourced to pro­vide the nec­es­sary level of ser­vice to vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse.

The Na­tional Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Bureau was es­tab­lished by An Garda Síochána in March 2015, and its re­mit is to in­ves­ti­gate se­ri­ous crimes against the per­son in­clud­ing sex­ual of­fences in sup­port of the COSC Sec­ond Na­tional Strat­egy on Do­mes­tic, Sex­ual and Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence 2016-2021.

The Louth TD says do­mes­tic abuse is highly preva­lent, with one in three women suf­fer­ing at some time in their lives, and its ef­fects are wide reach­ing im­pact­ing ter­ri­bly on vic­tims and af­fect­ing wider so­ci­ety.

‘In ad­di­tion to this unit op­er­at­ing across the state, the Min­is­ter for Jus­tice has con­firmed to me, in re­sponse to a recent par­lia­men­tary ques­tion, that the Garda Com­mis­sioner in­tends to es­tab­lish Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Units (PSUs), with spe­cially trained staff, in ev­ery Garda di­vi­sion, on a phased ba­sis,’ he told The Ar­gus.

‘ The new Louth Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Unit will mir­ror the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the Garda Na­tional Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Bureau and will en­sure a con­sis­tent ap­proach to do­mes­tic abuse and sex­ual crime.

‘It will be based in Castle­belling­ham Garda Sta­tion and in ad­di­tion to the one sergeant and five gar­daí work­ing within the unit, ad­di­tional re­sources will be al­lo­cated shortly.’ In wel­com­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of the unit, he says he hopes it be­comes op­er­a­tional very soon.

Gerry Adams TD.

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