A domestic abuse helpline has seen a massive surge in calls since it became a 24 hour service.
Women's Aid line recorded a 70% jump in calls last year.
The freephone service began running 24 hours a day in 2016 and logged nearly 16 thousand calls, compared to over 9 thousand the previous year.
Officials in the group are pointing out that calls between 10pm and 10am had gone unanswered in previous years.
They say the safest time for many women to call for help is in the early hours of the morning.
‘Remember. Before you get involved, ask yourself if it’s safe and legal to intervene. If the situation is already violent or looks like its escalating quickly, don’t directly intervene. Call the Gardaí on 999.
The only effective bystander intervention is a non-violent one. If you see or suspect domestic abuse in Dublin (change to suit region) visit www.whatwouldyoudo.ie or call 999.’