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11th February 2020
Garda Síochána Donegal
Speaking today Tuesday 11th February 2020 after the first conviction and sentencing for the Offence of Coercive Control in this jurisdiction was handed down at Letterkenny Circuit Court, Detective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly, Garda National Protective Services Bureau said:

“Coercive control is an insidious and demeaning crime designed to degrade and debilitate an individual and their persona. It is a deeply dangerous and personal crime against the person usually committed over a prolonged period.”

“This conviction and sentencing, the first of its’ kind in the state, further demonstrates An Garda Síochána’s dedication to fully investigate all matters related to this vital legislation in order to protect some of Ireland’s most vulnerable persons.”

It occurs when a current or ex-partner knowingly and persistently engages in behaviour that is controlling or intimidating and is having a serious effect on a person. The victim may fear that violence will be used against them, or they may be suffering serious alarm or distress that has a substantial impact on their day-to-day activities.

An Garda Síochána can provide support and information to victims of Coercive Control. If a victim wishes to make a formal complaint, we can investigate. To assist us in investigating Coercive Control and preparing a strong case, we will need to gather evidence such as a diary the victim has been keeping, text messages and emails that highlight the abuse, and accounts from family and friends.

Anyone with any information relating to Coercive Control is asked to contact their local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

An Garda Síochána would also like to remind members of the public of some of the various services catered to assist anyone who may be a victim of Coercive Control in the Donegal area:

Donegal Women’s Centre – 074 9124985 – www.donegalwomenscentre.ie

Donegal Domestic Violence Service – 1800262677 – www.donegaldomesticviolenceservice.ie

Donegal Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre – 1800448844, 0749128211 – www.donegalrapecrisis.ie/

Domestic Violence Advocacy Service – 071:9141515 – www.domesticviolence.ie (Sligo/Leitrim)

Garda Victim Services Office (Donegal) – 074 9551085

Garda Victim Services Office (Sligo / Leitrim) – 071 9650514

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All Donegal #GE2020 candidates have been invited by ourselves & Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service, to visit the Centre & pledge support for Safe Ireland’s five point manifesto.

Thanks to all the #GE2020 candidates who visited the Centre & met with ourselves & Donegal Domestic Violence Service. Thanks also to Pearse Doherty & Pádraig Mac Lochlainn who emailed outling their committment to this manifesto & the domestic & gender based violence services. It was a very busy week for all candidates and we appreciate them taking the time to either visit or contact the Centre.
We look forward to continuing this work with the new government.

 


Great to see support for Safe Ireland’s #NoMoreExcuses2020 manifesto. #GE2020 Donegal Aontú candidate Mary T Sweeney visited the Centre & met with ourselves & two representatives from Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service. She heard about the difficulties & challenges experienced by women & children.

Great to see support for Safe Ireland’s #NoMoreExcuses2020 manifesto. #GE2020 Donegal Independent candidate Thomas Pringle visited the Centre & met with us to discuss the difficulties & challenges experienced by women & children.

Great to see support for Safe Ireland’s #NoMoreExcuses2020 manifesto. #GE2020 Donegal Green candidate Michael White visited the Centre & met with ourselves & two representatives from Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service. He heard about the difficulties & challenges experienced by women & children.