Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (558, 559)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

558. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of Tusla funded refuge places available in Dublin for 2019. [16076/19]

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Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

559. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of Tusla funded refuge places available in each county for 2019, in tabular form. [16077/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 558 and 559 together.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has responsibility for the provision of funding, co-ordination and support to 21 organisations which provide emergency refuge and emergency non-refuge accommodation to victims of domestic violence and their children.

In addition to this, Tusla maintains a domestic violence refuge in South Dublin, which has been temporarily closed for essential refurbishment works. This facility is expected to re-open as a domestic violence refuge in Quarter 2 this year. In total, 155 family units of emergency accommodation are provided - 145 in emergency domestic violence refuges and 10 in emergency non-refuge accommodation.   

A family unit in emergency accommodation is generally used to accommodate a single family, i.e. one woman and her accompanying children and dependent adults. However, services may reconfigure room arrangements to suit the number, age and gender of family members. At times, two unaccompanied women may be asked to share a family unit.

The following table outlines the number of Tusla funded family units in refuges available in Dublin, and the number of Tusla funded family units in refuges available in each county for 2019, in tabular form.

Table 1: Location and number of emergency refuge and emergency non-refuge accommodation family units

County

Emergency Refuges Funded By Tusla

 No. of Units

Clare

Clarehaven Services

 6

Cork

Cuanlee Refuge

 6

Donegal

Donegal Domestic Violence Services 

 4

Dublin

Saoirse Women's Refuge, Tallaght

 6

Dublin

Sonas, Dublin

 15*

Dublin

Aoibhneas Women & Children's Refuge, Coolock

 10

Dublin 

Rathmines Women's Refuge (Operated by Tusla)

 9**

Galway

COPE Galway

 6

Kerry

ADAPT Kerry Ltd.

 6

Kildare

Teach Tearmainn Refuge

 4

Kilkenny

Amber Women's Refuge, Kilkenny

 7

Limerick

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Service, Limerick

 14

Louth

Drogheda Women's and Children's Refuge Centre

 11

Louth

Women's Aid Dundalk

 5

Mayo

Mayo Women's Support Services Refuge

 5

Meath

Meath Women's Refuge and Support Services

 5

Sligo

Women's Domestic Violence Service

 3***

Tipperary

Cuan Saor Women's Refuge And Support Services, Clonmel

 4

Waterford

Oasis House Women's Refuge

 14

Westmeath

Esker House Women's Refuge And Support Services, Athlone

 4

Wexford

Wexford Women's Refuge

 4

Wicklow

Bray Women's Refuge

 7

Total

 

 155

Explanatory Text on Table

*The overall figure of 15 includes 8 family units of emergency refuge accommodation, and 7 family units of emergency non-refuge accommodation.

**As Rathmines Women's Refuge has temporarily closed, the availability of these units is currently on hold. The facility is expected to re-open as a domestic violence refuge in Quarter 2 of this year.

***These 3 units are provided in the form of emergency non-refuge accommodation only.