Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.31 25 Apr 2019


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Domestic and sexual violence groups are to receive €25.3m in Government funding this year.

This represents an increase of €1.5m on last year.

Children's Minister Dr Katherine Zappone said the increase is being provided "to allow for a number of new initiatives."

There would be a 10% increase in core funding for 16 organisations combating sexual violence.

In terms of domestic violence, there is a provision of 12 new outreach workers in regions which have been identified as having a shortfall in 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.

"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 funding will also allow the 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

A new refuge is also set to be opened in south Dublin in the autumn.

Minister Zappone added: "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."

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has welcomed the announcement.

The centre itself will see an increase in funding of €130,000.

CEO Noeline Blackwell said: "This increase will allow us to provide additional resources for people who are waiting too long for therapy and counselling.

"There has been an significant increase in the numbers seeking our help, up from about 150 a year ago to 200 now.

"The real problem is that they are waiting too long and we didn't have the funding to get extra help. We hopefully will be able to do that now."


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