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Victim Support Services

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 24 May 2022

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Questions (68)

Alan Dillon

Question:

68. Deputy Alan Dillon asked the Minister for Justice the extent of funding supports for services to victims of crime distributed to non-Governmental organisations across the country in providing a wide range of supports to victims of crime; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26133/22]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Protecting and supporting victims of crime is a key priority for me as Minister for Justice.

My Department provides funding to NGOs that support victims of crime by providing important information and supports such as emotional support, court accompaniment, and accompaniment to Garda interviews, to sexual assault treatment units and referral to other services.

In March, I announced funding totalling €4.6m for more than 60 organisations to support victims of crime as part of this scheme. This is an increase of over 20% on the previous total fund of €3.8m which was made available in 2021.  The attached table outlines the approved funding for victims of crime for 2022.

The vast majority of organisations have seen increases in their funding and a number of new applicants for Victims of Crime funding received allocations for the first time.

This 2022 funding builds on the additional funding announced last November under the Supporting a Victim’s Journey plan. This additional funding was provided to 18 organisations to address gaps in services identified on foot of a mapping exercise looking at the geographical spread and type of services available to victims nationwide.

The allocations under the scheme this year cover a range of services that provide support to victims nationwide including:

- National and larger organisations such as Barnardos, Women’s Aid, and Safe Ireland which includes funding to support the continuation and expansion of the direct support services provided by their frontline service Mayo Women's Support Services (MWSS);

- Voluntary organisations such as Victim Support at Court;

- A range of local organisations working with victims across the country, such as Women’s Aid in Dundalk, Wexford Rape Crisis and Letterkenny Women’s Centre;

- General victims support organisations such as the Crime Victims Helpline; and

- Specialist organisations including the Irish Tourist Assistance Service, and Dignity 4 Patients.

I am sure the Deputy will agree that such organisations provide an essential service for victims of crime.

I am committed to continuing to work with them and with my colleagues across Government to build a victim-centred criminal justice system that treats victims with respect and dignity at every step of their journey through it.

Total list of approved victims of crime funding 2022

Organisation Name:

2022 allocation

A.S.S.C

€268,018

Accessible Counselling Tullamore

€20,000

Adapt Domestic Abuse Services (Limerick)

€80,000

AdVic

€65,000

Amal Women's Association

€59,700

An Cosan

€10,000

Aoibhneas

€40,000

Ascend

€20,000

Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre

€26,600

Barnardos

€103,000

Beacon of Light Counselling Centre

€20,000

Bray Women's Refuge

€35,000

Carlow Women's Aid

€30,000

Clare Haven Services

€15,000

Connect Family Resource Centre

€11,000

Cope Galway Waterside House

€50,000

Crime Victims Helpline

€150,000

Cuan Saor Women's Refuge Ltd.

€40,000

Dignity 4 Patients

€95,000

Domestic Violence Advocacy Centre (Sligo)

€30,000

Domestic Violence Response Galway

€22,000

Donegal Women's Domestic Violence Service

€21,000

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

€300,000

Dundalk Counselling Service

€31,240

Esker House Women's Refuge

€42,786

Good Shepherd Cork

€25,000

Greystones Family Resource Centre

€10,000

Hope Trust

€2,000

Immigrant Council of Ireland

€120,667

Irish Tourist Assistance Service

€50,000

Kerry Womens Refuge and Support Services (Adapt)

€100,000

Kilkenny Women's Refuge Ltd (Amber)

€25,000

Laois Domestic Abuse Service

€42,500

Le Cheile

€13,500

Letterkenny Women's Centre

€15,120

Lifeline Inishoven

€23,000

Living Life Voluntary Counselling Centre

€15,000

Longford Women's Link

€45,000

Meath Women's Refuge

€49,570

Men's Aid

€40,000

Men's Development Network

€69,638

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

€114,962

Missing in Ireland Support Services

€25,000

Mna Feasa Domestic Violence Project

€27,500

Newpark Close Community Development Limited

€35,000

OASIS HOUSE WOMEN'S Refuge

€17,000

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service

€47,000

One in Four

€341,790

OSS Cork

€5,500

Rape Crisis Network

€85,000

Roscommon Safe Link

€35,000

Ruhama

€705,217

SAFE Ireland

€53,580

Samaritans of Kilkenny and Carlow

€20,750

Saoirse Housing Association

€35,000

Sexual Violence Centre Cork

€26,000

Support After Crime Services

€165,000

Support After Homicide

€28,400

Teach Tearmainn Housing Association Company Ltd.

€40,000

Tearmann Housing Association

€35,000

Victim Support at Court

€180,000

West Cork Womens Project

€15,000

Westmeath Support Service against Domestic Abuse

€40,000

Wexford Rape Crisis

€51,336

Wexford Women's Refuge

€21,055

Women's Aid

€200,000

Women's Aid Dundalk

€30,000

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