• Clodagh Meaney

Domestic abuse survivors could soon apply for barring orders online

Applications for protection orders rose 17 percent during COVID-19

Domestic abuse survivors could soon apply for barring orders online, that's according to President of The District Court, Judge Colin Daly.

During COVID-19, domestic abuse reports rose by 25 percent.

Figures from the Courts Service show that applications for protection orders have increased by 17 percent compared to the same period last year. Applications have risen 30 percent since 2018.

Speaking at an online seminar hosted by One Family, a charity providing supports to one-parent families, Judge Daly said discussions were in place to see if applications could be dealt with in virtual courtrooms where applicants could log on from home.

"We are currently engaged in conversations with some domestic violence support services about how remote applications for domestic violence ex-parte orders could be achieved," he said.

He also said that from September 1st the District Court intends to resume full service within public health guidelines.

"With family law cases we can relatively easily provide a safe court environment," he said.

"However, the gathering of large numbers of people in the court environs waiting for cases to come on can no longer be the norm."

If you have been affected by any of the themes in this article, please reach out:

Men's Aid - 01 554 3811

Women’s Aid -  1800 34 19 00

Read more:

Domestic abuse in Ireland increases 25% during COVID-19 pandemic

Boots to offer 'Safe Space' for women experiencing domestic abuse to access help

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