Written answers

Tuesday, 8 November 2005

Department of Health and Children

Domestic Violence

8:00 pm

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 219: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children her plans to increase the funding made available to organisations that provide support services for the survivors of domestic violence in view of the concerns expressed by the UN committee on the elimination of discrimination against women; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32378/05]

Photo of Seán PowerSeán Power (Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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I have received a significant number of submissions and representations on this issue. My Department does not directly fund or co-ordinate health and personal social services to victims of abuse. Moneys are made available each year, formerly through the health boards, and now through the Health Service Executive, for the provision of services to women victims of violence. In recent years there has been a substantial increase in funding so that now over €12 million is provided annually for the provision of such services. The distribution of this funding is a matter for the Health Service Executive. The Tánaiste asked the HSE to carry out an analysis of the current level of service provision in this area and to report back to her. The Tánaiste awaits this report with interest and will be further informed by its findings.

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