New domestic violence unit set to open

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A REFUGE for victims of domestic violence is to open in Dublin by the end of the year, it has been confirmed.

The women’s refuge in Rathcoole will provide additional accommodation for domestic violence victims. It will include five units of emergency refuge family accommodation, which can house up to five adults and 15 children.

The refurbishment of the building in south Dublin is expected to be completed by the end of October. The recruitment of staff for the refuge is under way and services are expected to be available by the end of the year.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, announced the progress in domestic, sexual and gender based violence services following a 1.5 million euro increase last year. These include an increase in funding to sexual violence services and recruitment of additional domestic violence outreach workers.

I have seen at first hand the invaluable work of frontline agencies supporting women and children targeted by domestic, sexual and gender-based violence

Healing programmes for children who have witnessed domestic violence were also introduced in seven Tusla areas. The children’s programmes is being hosted by Barnardos.

Planning is under way to deliver children’s programmes in the remaining 10 Tusla areas by the end of the year while data will be collected to gather evidence on the effectiveness of programmes.

Ms Zappone said that waiting lists for counselling for victims of sexual violence are being reduced.

“As Minister I have seen at first hand the invaluable work of frontline agencies supporting women and children targeted by domestic, sexual and gender-based violence,” she said.

“Since I became Minister, I have secured year-on-year increases in funding for domestic, sexual and gender based violence (DSGBV) services.

“The additional investment in these services this year facilitates better access and the provision of enhanced supports and services to victims.”

The once-off funding is enhancing services in alignment with its obligations under the Istanbul Convention.

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