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A day in Family Court: Fear, loathing and domestic violence amid the lockdown

Emergency orders remain available for the safety of those vulnerable to violence in the home during this time. Alan O'Keeffe reports

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Woman looking outside the window during quarantine. Stock picture

Woman looking outside the window during quarantine. Stock picture

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Woman looking outside the window during quarantine. Stock picture

'He split me open," said the woman. "He dragged me out of the house... there was blood everywhere." It was Wednesday at the only family court in Dublin still functioning in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis.

Every facet of life has been affected by the pandemic and the services dealing with the grim world of domestic violence are no different.

Normally, four or five courtrooms in the Dolphin House complex are busy with family law cases but now only one courtroom at a time can be used because of social distancing regulations.