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'The Department of Justice has launched an awareness campaign with frontline organisations to ensure victims of domestic abuse are aware of the supports available to them' (stock photo)

'The Department of Justice has launched an awareness campaign with frontline organisations to ensure victims of domestic abuse are aware of the supports available to them' (stock photo)

'The Department of Justice has launched an awareness campaign with frontline organisations to ensure victims of domestic abuse are aware of the supports available to them' (stock photo)

People who may be experiencing domestic abuse at home are not subject to the restrictions on movement imposed because of the Covid-19 crisis, the Government has said.

The Department of Justice has launched an awareness campaign with frontline organisations to ensure victims of domestic abuse are aware of the supports available to them.

Speaking at the daily Covid-19 briefing, Department of the Taoiseach official Liz Canavan said: "An Garda Síochána is prioritising the response to domestic abuse.

"Other services like the courts and the Legal Aid Board are ready to offer support where needed and any restrictions on moving around, including the 2km rule, do not apply to a person trying to avoid risk of harm or seeking to access an essential service."

New television and radio ads focusing on the issue of domestic abuse that may be occurring during the current restrictions will be aired from next week and will carry a message to victims that services are still available.

The Courts Service is also giving priority to domestic violence and childcare cases.

Meanwhile, new technology is being piloted by the Courts Service which will allows full court hearings to be held remotely once the new legal term begins after Easter.

Women's Aid national freephone helpline on 1800 341 900, or the Men's Development Network on 1800 816 588

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