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Budget 2018 provides for no increase in domestic violence accommodation services – Ó Broin

13 October, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised the government for not announcing any increase in domestic violence accommodation services in Budget 2018.

Deputy Ó Broin said: 

“It was very disappointing that there was no additional funding for domestic violence emergency accommodation or step-down facilities provided for in Budget 2018 despite this area being chronically underfunded.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have a true picture of the level of need as the Department of Housing’s monthly homeless figures do not include adults and children in Department of Children and Youth Affairs-funded domestic violence refuge and step-down accommodation.

“The latest data we have from Tusla on the number of women and children accommodated in domestic violence accommodation is from 2015, when 1,736 women and 2,621 children were accommodated.

“I have raised this issue with both the Minister for Housing and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Without the recognition of the need to provide adequate figures, be they from Tusla or the Department of Housing, it’s impossible to know the true levels of adult and child homelessness directly resulting from domestic violence. 

“In Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget for 2018, we allocated a budget increase of €9.4m for 2018. Our proposals aim to increase funding for domestic violence refuge and step down support services to €60m by 2021.” 

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