Frontline services to receive €25.3m package to combat Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Funding

Frontline services to receive €25.3m package to combat Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Funding

Frontline services combating domestic, sexual and gender based violence are to receive funding of €25.3m to support their services this year.

A €1.5m increase is being provided on the 2018 funding to allow for a number of new initiatives.

10% increase in core funding

Minister Zappone confirmed there would be a 10% increase in core funding for 16 organisations combating sexual violence. In terms of domestic violence there is the provision of outreach workers in regions which have been identified as having a shortfall in services.

“As Minister I have seen at first hand the invaluable work of frontline agencies supporting women and children targeted by domestic, sexual and gender based violence. I have also listened to the voices of those forced out of their homes by threats, abuse and violence.

Their views have informed the decisions which have been taken in order to provide better information, supports and protections. With the increase in funding we will address shortfalls and gaps in services which have been identified.”

The extra €1.5m in funding will allow:

·        10% increase in funding to sexual violence services (list of organisations and funding below)

·        12 new outreach workers for women and children affected by domestic violence to improve access to support and services

·        National roll out of a 12 week healing programme for children who have been impacted by domestic abuse which also helps parents/guardians to understand their child’s experiences and support their recovery

·        Opening in the Autumn of a new refuge in South Dublin

·        A specific initiative to reduce the waiting times for counselling for victims of sexual violence

“We all have a role to play in ensuring the safety of those forced to flee an abusive partner, often with their children. The funding I am now confirming is being directly targeted at frontline services.

It will offer protection to people fleeing emotional, physical or sexual abuse – it will help those in danger. The new initiatives will also ensure that Ireland meets its international obligations under the Istanbul Convention.”N


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