Still Here Campaign highlighting domestic abuse relaunched
The TV and radio adverts for the ‘Still Here’ domestic abuse campaign will recommence today.
The Still Here TV and radio adverts, developed by the Department of Justice in collaboration with a number of frontline services, shows that, for many people, their home is not a safe place during the pandemic.
Speaking of the campaign, Justice Minister Helen McEntee said: “We know that home is not a safe place for all of us, and domestic violence increased during the initial lockdown we faced in the Covid-19 crisis.
“I want victims of domestic and sexual abuse to know that An Garda Síochána, the Courts Service and other services, including the vital supports provided by our community and voluntary sector, are still here for you as we now face more restrictions.
“For anyone living in an abusive relationship or living in fear for their safety, going back to Level 5 must feel frightening and difficult. If you are in this situation I want you to know we are here for you, we will react when you need us, we will protect you. I also want you to know that the 5km restriction on movement does not apply to you if you are seeking help.
“Finally I want perpetrators to know that irrespective of what restrictions are in place, there will be no let-up in our efforts to tackle domestic and sexual violence.”
Law Reform Minister James Browne added: “We unfortunately know the significant effects Covid restrictions can have on our most vulnerable, including victims of domestic and sexual violence.
“The Still Here initiative between the Department of Justice, frontline State services and the community and voluntary sector, working together to support victims of domestic and sexual violence, continues.
“Our support for victims of domestic and sexual violence is steadfast.”