Press Release | 20th November 2020
The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D., is delighted to announce that Tusla will allocate additional funding of €4.7 million to support domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence (DSGBV) services across the country in 2021.
In 2021, a total of €30m will be made available from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth (DCEDIY) to Tusla to fund DSGBV services. This includes a €2.7m increase in core funding to €28m, with an additional €2m of once-off contingency funding also being made available to help services cope with the ongoing effects of Covid-19. This represents in total for 2021 a €4.7m increase over the original 2020 figure allocated to Tusla.
The increase in funding represents the Minister’s commitment to prioritising and supporting the most vulnerable in our society. It recognises the epidemic of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, which is being intensified amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Speaking about the funding increase, Minister O’Gorman said:
I am delighted to announce a significant increase in funding for DSGBV services next year. I am hopeful that these additional resources will enable services to continue their valuable supports for victims and their families at a very vulnerable time in their lives.
I am particularly pleased to be able to increase funding during COVID-19. At this time, people experiencing domestic, sexual and gender-based violence may feel they have nowhere to turn. This is not the case. If you are experiencing abuse, or if you know anyone in that situation, there are local services that can help you or provide advice. You are not alone.