A safety order is an order of the court which prohibits the violent person from further violence or threats of violence. It does not oblige the person to leave the family home. If the person is not living with you it prohibits them from watching or being near your home. A safety order can last up to 5 years.
If you are concerned about violence in your home, you should contact your local Garda Station.
Members of the Gardai are specially trained to deal with these situations and can offer advice, information and assistance.
Your local Citizens Information Centre can give you information about organisations that will provide you with support. For example, two such organisations are Women’s Aid and Amen Support Services.
Women’s Aid is a voluntary organisation providing support and information to women and their children who are being physically, emotionally and sexually abused in their own homes. If you are a woman living in a violent situation, you should contact the Women’s Aid helpline on 1800 341900
Amen Support Services is a voluntary organisation which provides a confidential helpline, a support service and information for male victims of domestic abuse.
You can contact Amen Support Services by phone at (046) 902 3718
Further information on domestic and sexual violence as well as information on local and national support services is available on the website of Cosc – The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.