Minister Katherine Zappone
One outreach worker has been recruited and put in place as part of €1.5m funding to improve services for victims of domestic violence in Carlow while another outreach worker will be in place by year's end.
Frontline services combating domestic, sexual and gender-based violence received funding of €25.3m in 2019 to support their services, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone.
A €1.5m increase was provided on the 2018 funding to allow for a number of new initiatives.
Minister Zappone has confirmed that progress has been made in a number of areas, including:
· Sexual violence services have received increased funding;
· Additional outreach workers have been recruited in a number of areas;
· Healing programmes for children have been rolled out in 7 Tusla areas and further programmes will be rolled out in the remaining 10 Tusla areas by year end;
· Waiting lists for counselling for victims of sexual violence are being reduced;
· A new refuge providing additional emergency refuge domestic violence accommodation will be operational in South Dublin by year end; and
· Substantive work will be completed on the strategic domestic violence accommodation reviews in Dublin and nationally by year end.