New dedicated domestic worker for Ballyfermot

by Kim O Leary

A dedicated domestic violence worker is to be allocated to the Ballyfermot area in the coming months, marking a huge step in supporting victims of domestic abuse.

The recruitment stage of a “long overdue” role in Dublin 10 was welcomed by domestic abuse charity Saoirse on their Twitter account.

It arrives on the back of a damning HSE rapid assessment report last year, which highlighted a cluster of eight women who died by suicide over a 10-week period in the Ballyfermot area (April-June 2019), and also high incidences of suicide amongst young women in deprived areas of Clondalkin, Palmerstown and Tallaght.

At a recent garda policing meetings in the district, domestic violence was noted as a cause for concern by senior gardai. It is understood that domestic violence rates have increased during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, due to factors such as people spending more time at home, and job losses.

Cllr Hazel de Nortuin hailed the “huge step” forward with the role.

She recently put forward a Motion at the South Central area meeting on Wednesday 26May, to see if there is anything further Dublin City Council can do to support victims of domestic abuse, noting the connection between suicide in young women and domestic violence.

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