Violence on rise
THERE have been almost 300 domestic violence house calls made by Gardaí in County Wexford so far this year, with the problem of arguments between children on synthetic drugs and parents on the rise.
Chief Superintendent John Roche said: 'I think it's ironic to be speaking about this today (after what happened to our colleague Garda Tony Golden).'
He said 121 of the calls were in the Enniscorthy district, 111 were in the Wexford district and 62 were in the New Ross district. 44 arrests were made during these visits for breaches of protection, barring and/or safety orders. Supt Roche produced the figures at the request of Senator Michael D'Arcy Jnr.
'A lot of the time we go to these and it may be just an argument. Our policy now is that Gardaí must go back to the person who made the call within four weeks to give advice about the support groups available. There is a rise in the number of assaults in private dwellings. It reflects a change in society where people are drinking at home.'
When asked about the low rate of arrests, Supt Roche said he takes a personal interest in domestic violence cases, adding that although most cases involve women, some men are also affected.
'It can involve a father against a child or siblings.'
Senator D'Arcy Jnr asked for a further breakdown of the figures for the next meeting of the Joint Policing Committee.