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Services available within An Garda Síochána

Services available within An Garda Síochána

The following specialist services within An Garda Síochána are also available to support victims:

• Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit
• Garda Victim Liaison Office
• Serious Crime Review Team
• Garda National Immigration Bureau


Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit (DVSAIU) provides advice, guidance and assistance to Gardaí investigating child sexual abuse, other sexual crimes and domestic violence. The Unit leads the investigation of complex cases. 

The DVSAIU also liaises with relevant Government departments, State bodies and voluntary groups in tackling these crimes and their causes. The primary concern in these cases is the protection and welfare of any child or children, while ensuring the proper investigation of the alleged crime or offence.

The Unit has been involved in an ongoing Europol training module, involving police investigators from all 15 European Union Member States, focusing on combating child pornography on the Internet. The global dimensions of child pornography investigations demand coordinated international cooperation. 
Arising from the Sex Offenders Act 2001, certain notification requirements are now imposed on a category of convicted sex offenders. The DVSAIU has a central function in the operation of this legislation.

Contact:

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit
National Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Garda Headquarters
Harcourt Square
Dublin 2
Telephone (01) 6663430
Email: dvsaiu@garda.ie.

 

Garda Victim Liaison Office

The Garda Victim Liaison Office (GVLO) is responsible for:
• Formulating Garda Strategy;
• Developing Garda Policy;
• Driving the implementation of An Garda Síochána’s Victims Charter;
• Ensuring the delivery of appropriate Garda services to victims of crime nationally.

In carrying out this role the GVLO liaises with the following stakeholders:
• Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime;
• Victims of Crime Office, Department of Justice and Equality;
• Government funded victim support organisations throughout the country.

GVLO staff attend conferences and seminars nationally and internationally ensuring that expertise is kept up to date with best practice.

The GVLO provides support to the 350 trained Family Liaison Officers (FLOs) who are appointed to victims of crime and their families in serious cases such as murder or false imprisonments. The principal role of the FLO is to keep victims informed during the investigation and to provide victim support information.

The Garda Victim Liaison Office can be contacted at:
 
Garda Victim Liaison Office
Garda Community Relations Bureau,
Garda Headquarters,
Harcourt Square,
Dublin
2.

Tel:  +353 1 6663880 / 6663363
Fax:   +353 1 6663801
E-mail: crimevictims@garda.ie

(All are monitored during business hours) 


Serious Crime Review Team


The Serious Crime Review Team was established in September 2007. Its function is to assist senior investigating officers by identifying new and potential investigative opportunities in unresolved homicides and other serious crimes within the State. The Unit also assists with the identification of best practice for dissemination within An Garda Síochána. The team is located at the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Harcourt Square, Dublin 2 and is under the command of the Assistant Commissioner, National Support Services, and the Detective Chief Superintendent, National Bureau of Criminal Investigation. All the members of the Serious Crime Review Team are highly trained in homicide investigation and in reviewing unresolved homicides.


Contact:

Serious Crime Review Team
National Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Garda Headquarters
Harcourt Square

Dublin
2
Telephone (01) 6663444


Garda National Immigration Bureau

The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) was established in 2000 under the direction of the Assistant Commissioner for National Support Services. The GNIB has responsibility nationally for all law enforcement matters pertaining to immigration. The Bureau monitors the movement of non-nationals at all air and seaports throughout the State and along the border with Northern Ireland, with a view to the prevention and detection of illegal immigration. The GNIB investigates breaches of section 2 of the Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act, 2000.

Contact:

Garda National Immigration Bureau
13/14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Telephone (01) 6669100/6669101
Email: gnib_dv@garda.ie