Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (599, 600, 614)

Patrick Costello

Question:

599. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of requests for domestic refuge that went unmet in 2020 due to the fact that refuges were full; the locations of these requests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37846/20]

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Patrick Costello

Question:

600. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of domestic violence refuges available for victims of domestic violence, by county; the capacity per refuge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37847/20]

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Patrick Costello

Question:

614. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of requests for domestic refuge in Tusla-funded services that went unmet in 2019 and to date in 2020 due to the fact that refuges were full; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37848/20]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 599, 600 and 614 together.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, provides funding and coordination supports to some 60 organisations that deliver a range of services for victims of domestic, sexual and gender based violence throughout the country.

In 2020, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is providing Tusla with core funding of €25.3m for almost 60 organisations that deliver services for victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence (DSGBV). Tusla has advised that it is also issuing €2m to DSGBV services for once-off costs in 2020, primarily in response to the challenges arising from COVID-19 this year.

With regard to statistics on the use and capacity of Tusla-funded emergency domestic violence accommodation and engagement with potential service users, I have requested that Tusla respond to you directly on this matter.