Citywide report on drug-related intimidation

Citywide launched a report ‘Demanding Money with Menace – Drug-related intimidation and Community Violence in Ireland’

This report presents the findings of research on drug-related intimidation and community violence in a number of Local and Regional Drugs Task Force areas throughout Ireland. The research was a joint collaboration between Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign and the Health Research Board (HRB).

Some of the key findings are that:

  • Three-quarters of intimidation incidents are directed at drug-users or the person in debt, while mothers of users are the target for one-third of incidents;
  • Almost half the respondents – 46% – said the intimidation involved physical violence and 32% reported damage to property or homes;
  • 67% of those who experienced intimidation reported mental health problems as a result of that intimidation, 37% a physical injury and 30% reported other health problems;
  • 70% report fearing for their personal safety in their own homes with 21% leaving home temporarily and 17% permanently;
  • Over two-thirds said they feared for their safety in their local areas and, as a result, avoided certain areas and people resulting in social isolation.


The report also highlights five key policy areas that need to be addressed in responding to drug related intimidation.

 The report can be accessed here: report

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