Significant increase in government funding for organizations helping victims of crime

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Justice Minister Helen McEntee recently announced a more than 20% increase in funding to support victims of crime. Funding has increased from €3.8 million in 2021 to €4.9 million for 2022.

The funding will support over 60 organizations across Ireland, including national organizations such as Barnardos, Women’s Aid and the Dublin Rape Crisis Center (DRCC), in addition to grassroots organizations, general victim support organizations and organizations specialized.

The funding covers stipends for the following categories;

  • national and larger organizations;
  • a range of local organizations working with victims across the country, such as Women’s Aid in Dundalk and Wexford Rape Crisis;
  • general victim support organizations such as the Victims of Crime Helpline and;
  • specialist organizations including the Irish Tourist Assistance Service, Ruhama and Dignity 4 Patients.

In particular, €250,000 has been allocated to a number of organizations for training and awareness raising on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.

This funding builds on funding announced last year to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in areas related to “accompanying a victim’s journey” and in regions of the country or categories of victims that are currently not fully covered by victim support services.

Ms Helen McEntee, commenting on the additional funding announcement, said “I work to build a victim-centered criminal justice system where victims know they will be treated with respect and dignity when they come forward to report what happened to them“.

This additional funding follows the Department of Justice inviting applications for funding from registered charities and other related groups that provide services to victims of crime, such as organizations that provide support, information and advice on the rights of victims, as well as counseling services, court accompaniment and other accompaniments. The overall objective envisaged by the Ministry of Justice is “ensure that these services are available to all victims who need them, at a consistently high level and across the state”

The announcement coincided with the Department of Justice holding its first Victims Forum, organized with the aim of exchanging information between frontline organizations on how to improve the rights of victims.

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