Due to the number of assaults causing harm rising by one fifth between 2012 and 2015 in Dublin, An Garda Siochana today launched a new awareness campaign aimed at men.
It is hoped the campaign, titled “Use Your brain, not your fists” will bring awareness and a reduction in assaults, the vast majority of which are carried out by men on other men aged between 18 and 39 on nights out.
While assaults have gone down nationally this year, there has been a marked increase in assaults causing harm in the capital and surrounding areas with 1,700 reported last year, up from 1,400 in 2012. Minor assaults rose to 3,337.
However, the statistics only paint part of the picture as assaults are typically underreported, by around 45%.
Young men are being urged to plan their nights out carefully, not to walk in dark areas alone, and to let others know where they are and when they will be home.
They are also being reminded of the consequences of assaulting someone which could include losing their job, their ability to travel, and even go to jail.
The Garda Analysis Service illustrates a link between Ireland’s night time economy showing signs of recovery following the recession and the number of assaults.
An Garda Síochána say they have implemented a multi-strand anti-crime strategy to further reduce the number of assaults.
As part of this, assault hotspots have been identified and there has been a high visibility policing presence in these areas at key times.
Gardaí are also working with licensed premises, the business community and local councils to address issues around anti-social behaviour.