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Victim Support Services

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 24 May 2022

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Ceisteanna (68)

Alan Dillon


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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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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



Accessible Counselling Tullamore


Adapt Domestic Abuse Services (Limerick)




Amal Women's Association


An Cosan






Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre




Beacon of Light Counselling Centre


Bray Women's Refuge


Carlow Women's Aid


Clare Haven Services


Connect Family Resource Centre


Cope Galway Waterside House


Crime Victims Helpline


Cuan Saor Women's Refuge Ltd.


Dignity 4 Patients


Domestic Violence Advocacy Centre (Sligo)


Domestic Violence Response Galway


Donegal Women's Domestic Violence Service


Dublin Rape Crisis Centre


Dundalk Counselling Service


Esker House Women's Refuge


Good Shepherd Cork


Greystones Family Resource Centre


Hope Trust


Immigrant Council of Ireland


Irish Tourist Assistance Service


Kerry Womens Refuge and Support Services (Adapt)


Kilkenny Women's Refuge Ltd (Amber)


Laois Domestic Abuse Service


Le Cheile


Letterkenny Women's Centre


Lifeline Inishoven


Living Life Voluntary Counselling Centre


Longford Women's Link


Meath Women's Refuge


Men's Aid


Men's Development Network


Migrant Rights Centre Ireland


Missing in Ireland Support Services


Mna Feasa Domestic Violence Project


Newpark Close Community Development Limited




Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service


One in Four


OSS Cork


Rape Crisis Network


Roscommon Safe Link




SAFE Ireland


Samaritans of Kilkenny and Carlow


Saoirse Housing Association


Sexual Violence Centre Cork


Support After Crime Services


Support After Homicide


Teach Tearmainn Housing Association Company Ltd.


Tearmann Housing Association


Victim Support at Court


West Cork Womens Project


Westmeath Support Service against Domestic Abuse


Wexford Rape Crisis


Wexford Women's Refuge


Women's Aid


Women's Aid Dundalk