Over 1,500 Domestic Abuse Call-Outs In The Midlands This Year

That figure is only expected to rise.

Gardaí have been called out to over 8,500 scenes of domestic violence in the past four years.

There has been a 36 percent increase in the number of call-outs in Laois and Offaly between 2019 and 2021, and a 12 percent increase in Westmeath.

There has been 950 call-outs in Laois and Offaly so far this year, with the total expected to reach 1,675.

628 incidents have been recorded in Westmeath, which is estimated to rise to 1,107.

Aontú Leader and Meath-West TD Peadar Tóibín says these figures don't even show the full extent of the problem:

Division         2019    2020    2021    % change        2022*    Full year 2022 estimate 

Laois/Offaly    1203    1423    1647    0.3690773067    950    1675

Westmeath      865      930      973     0.1248554913    628    1107  

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