Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ceisteanna (696)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

696. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of refuge places for families that have experienced domestic violence by county or local authority. [29725/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I understand the Deputy's question relates to a request for the total number of domestic violence refuge units including both family units and single occupancy units by county in tabular form.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency provides funding and coordination supports to some 59 organisations that deliver a range of services for victims of domestic, sexual and gender based violence throughout the country.

In 2019, €25.3 million is being allocated to Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence services, an increase of €1.5 million over 2018. With these additional resources, Tusla will be able to provide:

- A 10% increase in funding to sexual violence services,

- 12 new outreach workers for women and children affected by domestic violence to improve access to support and services,

- The national roll out of a 12 week healing programme for children who have been impacted by domestic abuse,

- The opening in the Autumn of a new refuge in South Dublin,

- A specific initiative to reduce the waiting times for counselling for victims of sexual violence.

I have requested Tusla to respond directly to the Deputy with regard to the total number of domestic violence refuge units including both family units and single occupancy units by county.