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Domestic violence

We have all been asked to stay at home in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic but for those who experience domestic abuse, home may not be the safest option.

Drug and alcohol use could increase the risk of domestic violence.

Drug and alcohol use could also be used as a coping mechanism by those who expereince abuse. Problematic use can prevent someone from seeking help for domestic violence and can be used as a threat to them by a perpetrator.

Regardless if drugs or alcohol are involved, it is important for you to get support for yourself during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

It is important that you know you are not alone – domestic and sexual violence support services from State agencies and the voluntary sector have been adapted and increased to ensure they remain available to support you, even during the restrictions which are now in place due to Covid-19.

Get information and support for domestic violence at

If you need support for drug and alcohol use during the pandemic, you can see our list of services here or freephone the HSE Drug and Alcohol Helpline on 1800 459 459 Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm or email

If you are working with someone who is experiencing domestic, sexual or gender based violence, get resources to support your work here

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