Minister Zappone announces progress following additional €1.5M investment in Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services

By October 18, 2019 No Comments

Progress includes:

  • Increase in funding to sexual violence services
    –        Recruitment of additional domestic violence outreach workers
    –        Healing programmes for children who have witnessed domestic violence delivered in 7 Tusla areas, with delivery to remaining 10 Tusla areas by year end
    –        Significant progress towards the opening of a new refuge in South Dublin
    –        Strategic reviews of domestic violence accommodation in Dublin and nationally (see below substantive work will be completed on reviews by year end)
    –        Once-off funding is being provided in 2019, to support and enhance services in alignment with obligations under the Istanbul Convention (Funding to enhance domestic violence helpline is once-off, funding for Galway refuge also comes from once–off funding – important that this is clear)

    Frontline services combating domestic, sexual and gender-based violence received funding of €25.3m in 2019 to support their services, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD.

    A €1.5m increase was provided on the 2018 funding to allow for a number of new initiatives. Minister Zappone confirmed that progress has been made in a number of areas, including:

    ·        Sexual violence services have received increased funding;
    ·        Additional outreach workers have been recruited in a number of areas;
    ·        Healing programmes for children have been rolled out in 7 Tusla areas and further programmes will be rolled out in the remaining 10 Tusla areas by year end;
    ·        Waiting lists for counselling for victims of sexual violence are being reduced;
    ·        A new refuge providing additional emergency refuge domestic violence accommodation will be operational in South Dublin by year end; and
    ·        Substantive work will be completed on the strategic domestic violence accommodation reviews in Dublin and nationally by year end.

    Welcoming the progress made to support and enhance domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services Minister Zappone said: “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. Since I became Minister, I have secured year-on-year increases in funding for Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV) services. The additional investment in these services this year facilitates better access and the provision of enhanced supports and services to victims”.

    The provision of once-off funding is also enhancing services in alignment with obligations under the Istanbul Convention, including:

    ·        Enhancement of the national domestic violence helpline;
    ·        Delivery of training to frontline staff providing services;
    ·        Further roll-out of the Bodyright programme;
    ·        Delivery of support groups to victims of domestic violence;
    ·        Delivery of specialist services to minority groups with complex needs;
    ·        Provision of additional emergency refuge accommodation in Galway; and
    ·        Evaluation of awareness and education programmes to young people.

    Continuing Minister Zappone said: “A whole-of-Government response to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is required to ensure the delivery of co-ordinated services. Tusla is responsible for the provision of services and supports to victims of domestic and sexual violence. A number of other Government Departments and State agencies, including the Departments of Justice and Equality and Housing, Planning and Local Government, have a key role to play in ensuring holistic services are provided to victims of domestic and sexual violence”.