Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has appealed for victims of domestic violence not to suffer in silence and to seek help.
She made her comments following concerns that there may be a rise in domestic violence during the World Cup.
Councillor Patricia Logue said
We all know the damage domestic violence causes to its victims and children who experience it in the home.
Sadly we always see a rise in such violence at various times of the years around the likes of Christmas and the New Year. Now there are concerns we could also see a rise of domestic violence during the World Cup with the games being played late at night together with an increase of drinking alcohol in the family home.
The destructive impacts of that violence can be carried right through into their adult lives. Ireland has some of the highest recorded incidents of domestic violence in Europe and it is totally unacceptable and should not be tolerated.
While domestic violence is perpetrated mostly against women there are also male victims and it must be opposed no matter where it emanates.
People need to realise no level of domestic violence is acceptable. We must lift the stigma associated with it if it is to be tackled properly and introduce measure that allows victims to come forward and report incidents in a dignified way.
I would appeal to anyone in Derry suffering from the effects of domestic violence to seek help and not to suffer alone as there is help out there.