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 Garda Commissioner Drew Harris  said the problem of cancelled domestic violence 999 calls had been caused by “technological and procedural failings” as well as gardaí “not adhering” to practices set down for combating domestic violence. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has apologised to domestic violence victims whose emergency calls for help were not met with the kind of policing respo(...)

In late April, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris told a meeting of the Policing Authority that a Garda audit had found many 999 calls were cancelled, and therefore not given a policing response, between 2019 and October 2020. File photograph: iStock

The failure by gardaí to respond to 999 calls from domestic violence victims was of “deep concern”, Women’s Aid has said. The Garda force, it added, (...)

Sarah Benson, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said the charity is concerned that if there is another lockdown in January it may deter victims from getting in touch after the Christmas period. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was a 41 per cent increase in the number of calls to Women’s Aid during the Covid-19 pandemic, compared with the same period last year. The lat(...)

The number of domestic violence incidents resulting in a charge or summons during that March to November period has increased by almost 13 per cent. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Domestic violence is worsening as the coronavirus pandemic has continued, with women now coming forward to seek help in record numbers and reporting t(...)

Women’s Aid chief executive Sarah Benson  and Linda Smith, manager of the Women’s Aid 24hr National Helpline at the unveiling of a new ‘Too Into You’ Mural, at the Button Factory, in Temple Bar by artist KINMX. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

One in five young people aged 25 or younger have experienced abuse by a current or former partner, a study commissioned by Women’s Aid has found. The(...)

Lockdown has been a time of unprecedented danger for people in abusive relationships. Photograph: iStock

In the beginning, he was everything Kate could have asked for in a partner. He was generous. He made her laugh. He would drive an hour just to pick he(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris told a Women’s Aid online  seminar there had been a 20 per cent increase in call outs to domestic violence incidents since the end of March. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Gardaí have responded to more than 27,000 incidents of domestic violence since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, a seminar has heard, with the numbe(...)

The programme for government describes domestic violence as an “epidemic”. Photograph: Getty Images

Organisations working to combat domestic violence are “deeply concerned” at moves they say will “downgrade” the issue by moving it out of the Departme(...)

Johnny Depp libel trial: Amber Heard (centre) and her ex-husband have accused each other of assault and abuse. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Even by tabloid standards it’s a giddy front-page headline. “Sensational claims of violence, drug binges and bizarre bedroom pranks – as Johnny Depp c(...)

The Women’s Aid national freephone line has answered over 4,000 calls since March this year

Women reported being strangled, raped and beaten to a national domestic violence helpline, where calls have increased by almost 40 per cent compared w(...)

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