An Garda Siochana

Updated 01.04.2020

We are here to listen.  We are here to help.

We in An Garda Síochána, the Irish Police Service, take domestic and sexual abuse very seriously and are here to help.  Domestic abuse can take a variety of forms it can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial abuse.  It can occur within a family between one family member against another.  It can involve a current or ex-partner, regardless of gender or sexuality.

We know that if you are experiencing domestic abuse you can feel isolated and alone.  You do not know who to trust or who you can confide in.  It can be daunting contacting the Gardaí but if you are in danger we want you to call 999.  When you call 999, a Garda in uniform will arrive at your location in a marked patrol car.  They will ensure that you are not in immediate danger.  When you are safe, you will have the time to discuss with the Garda exactly why you called.

If you are not in immediate danger and you require advice and assistance, you can visit your local Garda Station.  There you will be met by a uniformed Garda.  You can ask to speak with the Garda in private.  They may sit down with you and ask you a number of questions.  There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. We just need to find out as much information as possible to ensure that you are safe and that you stay safe.

Important Legal information from An Garda Siochana with links to other agencies