Gardaí have recommenced an operation to help victims of domestic violence in the run-up to Christmas.
Operation Faoiseamh was first brought in during the Covid-19 lockdowns with the aim to reach out to those who are vulnerable.
There were 43,500 domestic violence incidents reported to Gardaí in 2020, which is an increase of 17 percent on figures from 2019.
It comes after calls from domestic violence support groups to make the Garda operation permanent.
Detective Chief Superintendent Colm Noonan, Garda National Protective Services Bureau said:
"The Christmas period is an enjoyable time for the majority of citizens but An Garda Síochána understands the fear and concern some in our community have in their own homes, which can be further heightened at this time of year.
"An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to victims of domestic abuse, You are not alone, An Garda Síochána is here, available and willing to help you.
"If you are a victim of abuse or you know of a family member or friend who is a victim of such abuse, that information is important to us and I ask that you make contact with An Garda Síochána. If you require urgent assistance or support, please call 999 or 112, we are ‘STILL HERE’ to listen to help and to protect."