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General News / October 22, 2020

Women’s Aid is expecting a flood of calls over the next few weeks

Photo: RTÉ
General News / October 22, 2020

Women’s Aid is expecting a flood of calls over the next few weeks

Words: Katie Gartland

The charity help women in domestic abuse situations.

Women’s Aid are anticipating a surge in calls to their helplines over the next few weeks due to the newly enforced level 5 lockdown restrictions.

During the last lockdown in earlier in the year, Women’s Aid experienced an increase of 43% of helpline calls. 

The charity is encouraging community vigilance and urge s women in domestic violence situations to reach out to Women’s Aid for help.

Sarah Benson, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid acknowledged the rising numbers of calls they are receiving. She said the 24-hour helpline has been receiving over 1,000 extra calls per month.

“We expect that number to increase even further now that Level 5 restrictions come into force.  Callers are reporting increased anxiety about abusive partners continuing to work from home and having more opportunity to abuse and control.” 

Visit the Women’s Aid website here.

Call 1800 341 900 if you need help now.