Domestic violence support organisations receive extra funding
The funding has been allocated to 18 organisations that support survivors of domestic abuse and crime.
Ireland's Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has announced that organisations that support victims of crime and abuse will be giving additional funding.
A sum of €445,000 will be distributed to 18 groups around the country. According to RTÉ, the majority of the organisations are regional support groups for survivors of domestic abuse.
Minister McEntee has said that tackling gender-based violence was a "priority" for her and the Irish Government.
She highlighted how the new funding will allow the groups to increase their phone line hours, offer emotional support and increase court accompaniment.
This funding announcement marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Today is the international day to eliminate violence against women & girls #16Days #EndViolenceAgainstWomen https://t.co/D7SCmFeGxg
— Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (@DublinRCC) November 25, 2021
The additional funding is separate from the funds allocated to combat domestic, sexual and gender-based violence in Budget 2022.
Some of the groups receiving the funding include the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Victim Support at Court, Lifeline Inishowen, Longford Women's Link and the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
The groups were identified by a mapping exercise, which determined unmet needs in the support of survivors of crime and domestic abuse.
Funding for the various organisations varies between €10,000 and €150,000.
Noeline Blackwell, of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said that the organisation would use the funding to create resources around court accompaniment guidance.
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, support is available. Women's Aid's 24hr National Freephone Helpline can be reached on 1800 341 900. Other resources can be found on their website right here. You can also contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre on 1800 77 8888.
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