Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (275)

Catherine Martin

Question:

275. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of domestic abuse-related offences reported to An Garda Síochána in each of the years 2010 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26579/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have requested this information from the Garda authorities and I will contact the Deputy directly when the information is to hand.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Question No. 275 of 25/06/2019 where the Deputy sought "the number of domestic abuse related offences reported to An Garda Síochána in each of the years 2010 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter."
As the Deputy will recall, I undertook to contact her again once an update from An Garda Síochána on this matter was received.
I am now advised by the Garda authorities that the following table outlines the number of incidents as classified under the categories of Domestic Abuse Offences reported during the period March 2018 to June 2019. I am further advised, on the direction of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, the time scope of the query has been limited to only include data after PULSE release 7.3 due to concern of varying data consistency in this area prior to PULSE 7.3.
It is worth noting that during 2018 and 2019 An Garda Síochána has actively worked on improving the front line handling of incidents of Domestic Abuse. Frontline staff are becoming even more proactive and persistent than before in encouraging people involved in domestic abuse to come forward to make formal statements if they are victims.
Furthermore, An Garda Síochána is also continuously improving its specialist services. Responding to the needs of victims has seen the rollout of Divisional Protective Services Units (DPSUs) with specially trained officers responsible for investigations, including engagement with victims. These Units will support the delivery of a consistent and professional approach to the investigation of sexual and domestic crime.
I hope this information is of assistance.
Table 1- Domestic Abuse Incidents per region. March 2018 to Jun 2019.

Region

Mar

2018

Apr

2018

May

2018

Jun

2018

Jul

2018

Aug

2018

Sep

2018

Oct

2018

Nov

2018

Dec

2018

Jan

2019

Feb

2019

Mar

2019

Apr

2019

May

2019

Jun

2019

Dublin Region

595

628

610

663

696

662

595

643

818

940

811

761

880

848

800

814

Eastern Region

329

336

337

325

339

317

315

258

298

415

382

377

388

362

398

356

Northern Region

225

199

212

226

231

198

219

203

204

261

250

228

320

236

286

282

South Eastern Region

228

230

223

269

268

222

209

240

231

236

215

198

254

231

244

253

Southern Region

390

343

336

352

415

419

396

391

388

484

394

402

410

409

427

407

Western Region

217

193

206

199

248

204

189

206

185

232

183

182

216

224

229

215

National

1984

1929

1924

2034

2197

2022

1923

1941

2124

2568

2235

2148

2468

2310

2384

2327