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Extra Funding Provided For Domestic, Sexual & Gender-based Violence Services Announced.

  • Extra support to meet critical service needs and emerging demands.
  • Some €7.9m in additional funding secured under Budget 2024.
  • Details of additional funding for domestic, sexual and gender-based violence (DSGBV) services for 2024.

An amount of approximately €3.8m will be made available through a targeted call to established DSGBV organisations operating services and supports specifically focused on victims and survivors of DSGBV. The funding will be administered by the new DSGBV Agency, latter to be established in January 2024; supported by Tusla in the interim period.

This record level of funding will also support the implementation of Zero Tolerance, the Third National Strategy on DSGBV.

DSGBV organisations currently funded through Tusla will be invited to submit requirements or proposals for additional funding in a number of areas including:

  • €2.5m available to domestic violence services to address acute sustainability and service demand pressures, and to support organisations to ensure greater coverage in rural areas and for children’s support services.
  • €1.3m available for sexual violence services to meet the needs of younger people and to address geographical gaps in provision.

Approximately €2.5m for safe accommodation will be focused on the priority sites, identified under the Third National Strategy, with a significant portion allocated to the staffing of new safe houses for women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse where they can live safely while they decide what to do next.

To aid in offsetting cost pressures, sustainability funding has increased by 9% since 2022.
Tusla will contact the relevant organisations directly with details of how to apply for funding.

In total, Tusla has been allocated €46m for funding DSGBV services in 2024. Separate to the funding of DSGBV services, the Department of Justice has allocated €6.8m for measures to tackle DSGBV, including awareness raising campaigns and funding for perpetrator programmes.

The Department of Justice has allocated a further €7.5m for providing funding to promote and assist the development of specific support services for victims of crime within the criminal justice system, which includes victims of domestic and sexual crime.

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