Pharmacy group now offering domestic abuse support

Pharmacy group now offering domestic abuse support
Pharmacies in Ireland will begin to offer this service from today. Picture: PA

People suffering domestic abuse and coercive control will be able to seek help from over 80 local pharmacies from today.

Totalhealth Pharmacies, representing outlets nationwide, is launching the service in conjunction with Safe Ireland.

Pharmacies involved will be able to put abuse sufferers in touch with any of thirty nine services.

Co-CEO of Safe Ireland, Mary McDermott, says it will be a totally confidential service and abuse sufferers will be able to seek private help on their local main street.

Ms McDermott says: "So the Gateway to Safety project is an opportunity for people, victims of domestic abuse themselves, or whether they may be are aware of it or just wish to talk to somebody about it, 

"Can go into their pharmacy, be directed to a confidential and safe phoneline to their local domestic service where they can talk to some of the specialsit services that we have around the country."

Almost 5,600 incidents of domestic abuse have been recorded by gardaí in the past two months in a surge of cases linked to Covid-19 restrictions movement.

Figures show gardaí have dealt with 5,592 cases of domestic abuse since Operation Faoiseamh, the gardaí’s dedicated domestic violence operation during lockdown, was launched on April 1.

The figures represent a 25% increase in domestic abuse incidents over the same period in 2019.

More on this topic

Twitter teams up with Safe Ireland to reach out to domestic violence victimsTwitter teams up with Safe Ireland to reach out to domestic violence victims

Victims of domestic violence can access Rent Supplement without means testVictims of domestic violence can access Rent Supplement without means test

Webinar hears Irish legal system 'not fit for purpose' in dealing with violence against womenWebinar hears Irish legal system 'not fit for purpose' in dealing with violence against women

Traveller men speak out against domestic abuse during lockdownTraveller men speak out against domestic abuse during lockdown

More in this Section

Gardaí seek help finding woman, 22, missing for over two weeksGardaí seek help finding woman, 22, missing for over two weeks

Person in garda custody rushed to Cork hospital with suspected heroin overdosePerson in garda custody rushed to Cork hospital with suspected heroin overdose

Places of worship allowed to have over 50 people according to new guidelinesPlaces of worship allowed to have over 50 people according to new guidelines

The EuroMillions numbers are in...The EuroMillions numbers are in...


Lifestyle

Des O'Sullivan previews the diverse items that will spark interest among collectorsAntiques: From a sword to crystal chandeliers and a dictionary

Kya deLongchamps strikes up the band for some lesser copied American mid-centuryIt's July 4 so let's strike up the band for American designs

Blessed are the cheesemakers! Let’s all do our bit to support small Irish producers, many of whom are still experiencing real hardship.Darina Allen: Why we need to support the small Irish producers in our cheese industry

Courgettes are part of the squash and marrow family, they are available all year round but are particularly good in the summer. When buying courgette, look for smaller, younger ones as these will have the best flavour. Currabinny Cooks: From simple salad to quick loafs, here's how you should cook courgettes

More From The Irish Examiner