Tánaiste reveals €1.712m funding for organisations supporting victims of crime

58 organisations will be funded in 2017

Tánaiste reveals €1.712m funding for organisations supporting victims of crime

Minister for Justice and Taniste Frances Fitzgerald TD| Image RollingNews.ie

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, has today announced annual funding allocations totalling €1.712m for organisations supporting victims of crime. 

A total of 58 organisations will be funded by the Tánaiste, five of these will receive funding for the first time. 

The funding follows on from a bill published by the Tánaiste aimed at giving more rights to the victims of crime.

Speaking about the recent funding Ms Fitzgerald said "In Budget 2017 I secured a 17% increase in funding for services to victims of crime. This is in addition to the 21% increase granted in 2016. This funding, which is administered by the Victims of Crime office in my Department, is allocated to organisations working with victims of crime.” 

These organisations provide vital and valuable information and support to victims of crime, including emotional support, court accompaniment, accompaniment to Garda interviews, accompaniment to sexual assault treatment units, counselling and referral to other services. 

The Tánaiste added "I am especially mindful of the commitment and unstinting work of the staff and volunteers in these organisations and I thank them for their efforts."

She concluded by saying "I am confident that 2017 will see additional support for victims through this funding. I hope that the support so provided will ease the suffering and confusion experienced by victims as a result of crimes committed against them."