Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has been urged to introduce rent supplement payments for victims of domestic violence during the coronavirus lockdown.
The calls come following reports that domestic abuse reports to gardai have increased by 30% in some areas since lockdown measures were introduced last month.
Domestic violence charity Safe Ireland made a submission to Minister Doherty proposing a temporary rent supplement for three months or the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
Sharon O’Halloran, Safe Ireland Co-CEO, said: “We have an untenable situation at the moment, where women and children are living in communal refuges, with shared kitchens and bathrooms.
“These are potential sites for an outbreak of COVID-19. The women and children in these refuges should be moved into safe, self-contained accommodation as part of the emergency national response.
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