The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in the number of women in Mayo seeking support due to domestic violence.

That's according to the Mayo Women's Support Services, who've confirmed to Midwest News that they provided refuge accommodation for 28 women and 42 children in the county last year.

Earlier this week, Gardai revealed that they investigated almost 50,000 domestic violence incidents nationally last year - that was a 10% increase on 2020 - while the Justice Minister Helen McEntee said the pandemic has resulted in some people being "trapped in a nightmare" due to domestic and gender-based violence.

Bernadette Byrne is assistant manager of Mayo Women's Support Services, which are based in Castlebar but provide outreach services across the county.

Speaking with Paula Donnellan, she said the last two years of the Covid pandemic have seen a marked increase in the number of women in Mayo seeking refuge accommodation....

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