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Domestic abuse support service sees 125% surge in calls due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Domestic abuse support service sees 125% surge in calls due to COVID-19 pandemic

A Dublin-based domestic abuse support service has seen a 125% surge in calls to its helpline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The charity Aoibhneas also reported an increase in crisis presentations when the initial lockdown restrictions were lifted, as women felt they could not safely remain in their home.

With a second round of lockdown restrictions now in place, domestic abuse charities are preparing for a further surge in contacts from women experiencing abuse from their partners.A Dublin-based domestic
                    abuse support service has seen a 125% surge in calls
                    to its helpline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pic:
                    Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie A Dublin-based domestic abuse support service has seen a 125% surge in calls to its helpline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pic: Shutterstock

In the six-month period between March and August, Aoibhneas saw calls to its helpline more than double.

Meanwhile, Women’s Aid responded to a 43% increase in calls from women who were trapped with abusers at home, as well as a rise in women voicing suicidal ideation.

Women’s Aid has voiced fears that opportunities to reach out will be curtailed due to restrictions, and expects an increase in contacts over the next six weeks.a person looking at the
                    camera: Meanwhile, Women’s Aid responded to a 43%
                    increase in calls from women who were trapped with
                    abusers at home, as well as a rise in women voicing
                    suicidal ideation.© Provided by Extra.ie Meanwhile, Women’s Aid responded to a 43% increase in calls from women who were trapped with abusers at home, as well as a rise in women voicing suicidal ideation.

Women’s Aid CEO, Sarah Benson, said the 24 hour National Freephone Helpline has been receiving roughly 1,000 more calls a month than normal, and it is expected that this figure will grow now that Level 5 restrictions are in place.

‘Callers are reporting increased anxiety about abusive partners continuing to work from home and having more opportunity to abuse and control,’ she said.

‘We are getting more calls from women with suicidal ideation than we normally would and there are more calls at night, when the abusive partner is asleep. We are also seeing lots of messages to the online chat service which some women find easier to access as it can be done in silence from laptops and mobile phones.

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                    cat: Describing children as the ‘invisible
                    casualties’ of an ­abusive home, the group said this
                    surge highlights the need for continued specialist
                    support for children in a household where domestic
                    abuse is taking place.© Provided by Extra.ie Describing children as the ‘invisible casualties’ of an ­abusive home, the group said this surge highlights the need for continued specialist support for children in a household where domestic abuse is taking place.

She added that job losses, remote working, self-isolation and other measures are already impacting on victims.

Meanwhile, Aoibhneas released its annual report for 2019 last week, which showed that 1,266 women and children were supported through access to refuge, drop-in and outreach service throughout the year.

Worryingly, Aoibhneas provided support to 739 children across refuge and outreach, a 17% increase on 2018.

Describing children as the ‘invisible casualties’ of an ­abusive home, the group said this surge highlights the need for continued specialist support for children in a household where domestic abuse is taking place.

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