A 16% rise since 2019 in the number of domestic abuse incidences reported to Gardaí across Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal can be seen as a ‘good thing’.
Carmel McNamee, Manager of Domestic Violence Advocacy Service says the increase in reports means more people are getting support and there is a better response from the Gardaí.
Latest figures reveal over 1,000 incidents of domestic abuse have been reported across the region to Gardaí as of the 9th of September.
596 of these were documented in Donegal and 471 in the Sligo/Leitrim Garda Division.
24,686 have been reported across the country meaning Gardaí have dealt with an average of nearly 100 incidents every day this year.
These include a variety of offences, such as violence and breach of a barring or protection order.
Carmel McNamee says thinking beyond the statistics, it means over 1,000 people and potentially 100’s of children are in situations where they do not feel safe, which she says is ‘quite sobering.’
Carmel also has this advice for people in an abusive relationship or for those who might suspect one.