652. Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Justice the breakdown of funding allocated to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence organisations in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24347/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Tusla, the Child and Family Agency under the aegis of the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has statutory responsibility for the care and protection of victims of Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV) and are the primary funders of organisations that deliver frontline services.
My Department provides funding to promote and assist the development of specific support services to victims of crime, including domestic and sexual crime, within the criminal justice system.
This year, funding of more than €3 million has been secured for raising awareness of domestic, sexual and gender based violence and more than €4 million to support victims of crime.
Funding will be allocated to a large number of non-governmental organisations across the State who provide a wide range of supports to victims of crime, including victims of domestic, sexual and gender based violence. These services provide important information and support to victims of crime, including emotional support, court accompaniment, accompaniment to Garda interviews and to sexual assault treatment units, counselling and referral to other services.
Details of the monies allocated for these services and activities to date in 2021 are set out in the tables below. They are broken down into the allocation for awareness raising and training, and the allocation for provision of supports services for victims of domestic, sexual and gender based violence.
|A.20 Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence - Awareness Raising and Training||Total Allocation||Funding allocated to DSGBV organisations|
|A.12 Victims of Crime||Total Allocation||Funding allocated to DSGBV organisations|
The funding of more than €2.8m referred to above, was granted to organisations whose primary focus is on supporting victims of DSGBV. The overall figure of €4.2m allocated to support victims of crime includes funding allocated to organisations whose remit is supporting victims of crime in general, but many of these organisations would also be providing support to DSGBV victims as part of their work.
In addition, in the area of awareness, my Department has allocated €1.25m for the No Excuses national awareness campaign on sexual harassment and sexual violence.