Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has responsibility for the care and protection of victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. This includes the provision of emergency refuge accommodation for individuals and families that experience domestic violence. I have requested that Tusla respond directly to the Deputy regarding the distribution of refuge spaces throughout the country.
It should be noted that the responsibility for capital investment in new refuges falls under the remit of a number of Government bodies. Future developments will be informed by Tusla’s review of emergency refuge accommodation nationwide, which will be completed in early 2020.