The Drug-Related Intimidation Programme
Intimidation as a result of drug-related debt has become an area of increasing concern across many strands of our society. To tackle this issue, the ‘Drug-Related Intimidation Programme’ has been established by the National Family Support Network and the Garda National Drugs Unit. The purpose of this programme is to respond to the needs of drug users and family members who are experiencing drug-related intimidation.
Drug users and family members can be intimidated by drug dealers to repay drug debts. Forms of intimidation can include threats, physical violence, damage to the family home/property and sexual violence. Some people try to repay these debts through cash payment or cash payment and involvement in illegal activity. The experience of intimidation can be very frightening and can pose a serious risk to the individuals involved and their loved ones.
The video below was created by drugs.ie, in conjunction with the National Family Support Network, and it provides an overview of the ‘Drug-Related Intimidation Programme'. The video explores the issue of drug-related intimidation, and how those affected by this issue can engage with the programme.
The National Family Support Network, in partnership with the Garda National Drugs Unit, and other key partners, have developed the following resources to support the Drug-Related Intimidation Programme:
- Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme Leaflet
- Responding to Intimidation Policy.
- Garda Inspector’s Contact Details