Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Questions (781)

Brendan Smith

Question:

781. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the progress in relation to the establishment of a refuge for victims of domestic abuse in counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13526/20]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Tusla currently provides support, coordination and funding to some 60 organisations around the country that deliver front line services to victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence (DSGBV). Tusla continues to provide funding to DSGBV service providers during the current pandemic, in line with agreed service arrangements.

Tusla has been in contact with funded organisations, including those in the Cavan/Monaghan region, in relation to a Strategic Review of Domestic Violence Accommodation to inform Tusla's future commissioning of domestic violence emergency accommodation services, and to ensure that the evolving needs of service users are met. Tusla will carry out further engagements as the year progresses with a view to finalising the review.  Future developments will be informed by the findings of the review and the recommendations of the Monitoring Committee of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

Tusla emphasises that its key priority at all times is to ensure that the needs of victims are met in the best way possible, with due attention to the quality, accessibility, and outcome of services.