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Domestic Violence Services

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 3 June 2020

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Questions (1011, 1012, 1013)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

1011. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the additional supports being put in place in County Cavan to support victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8763/20]

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Niamh Smyth

Question:

1012. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the additional supports are being put in place in County Monaghan to support victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8764/20]

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Niamh Smyth

Question:

1013. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the location in counties Cavan and Monaghan that victims of domestic violence can seek refuge accommodation during the Covid-19 pandemic in the absence of domestic refuge spaces. [8765/20]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1011 to 1013, inclusive, together.

The response to Domestic, Sexual Violence and Gender-based Violence (DSGBV) is a cross Departmental and multi-agency issue. Policy is coordinated by the Department of Justice and Equality (DJE). Tusla, the Child and Family Agency has statutory responsibility for the care and protection of victims of DSGBV. DCYA is providing Tusla with €25.3m this year for some 60 organisations that deliver DSGBV services for individuals and families. DSGBV has been identified by Tusla as a high priority service during the current period of emergency public health measures.

Tusla has advised that a number of service providers have access to additional emergency accommodation spaces on an ‘as needed’ basis. As of May 2020, an additional 45 units of accommodation have been sourced through the work of DSGBV service providers, Tusla, and local authorities in coordination with local partners.

In Cavan and Monaghan, access to safe local accommodation spaces can be arranged as and when such a need arises. Women with high safety needs may also be referred to access safe emergency accommodation in refuges in Navan, Dundalk and Drogheda, or in refuges elsewhere throughout the country. A full list of local services is available on the Tusla website here: www.tusla.ie/services/domestic-sexual-gender-based-violence/local-services-for-woment/.

Tusla continues to engage with service providers on a regular basis, including service providers in Cavan and Monaghan, and is supporting them throughout the current period as a key service for individuals and families experiencing domestic violence.

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