Sunday 4 December 2016

Patrol cars get extra cameras to combat domestic violence

Published 21/01/2016 | 02:30

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Garda patrol cars will be supplied with crime scene kits and extra cameras to help officers gather evidence at domestic violence call-outs.

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The pilot programme was announced by the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and will cover the next five years.

Ms O'Sullivan described such violence as "insidious" and said that the additional tools for gathering evidence would help, particularly in cases where victims were fearful of making a complaint.

She said: "A lot of those crimes are hidden but they are very physical and mentally scarring for victims and their loved ones.

"Communities are affected, individuals are affected and I think it's important to remember that that's children, women and men right across all strata of society.

"Every single day the men and women of An Garda Síochána see and are witness to the effects of violence; trauma, hurt and suffering right across individuals and family groups."

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald also spoke at the launch of the second National Strategy for Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence yesterday.

Some €950,000 is to be spent on a campaign to raise awareness of the issue, calling the problem domestic and sexual violence "pernicious evils and a blight on any civilised society".

The strategy also involves Tulsa, the child and family agency, as well as the gardaí.

Irish Independent

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