Wednesday 18 October 2017

Domestic violence support group suffers 'unjustified' funding cut of 20pc

Margaret Martin of Women's Aid
Margaret Martin of Women's Aid

Sam Griffin

A leading domestic violence support group has revealed it's funding has been cut by 20pc and says it is worried about the effect this will have on its support services for women around the country.

Women's Aid has called for Tusla to reverse the decision immediately and said the latest cut follows a €221,000 cut in state funding since 2008.

Women's Aid director Margaret Martin said the latest cut "feels like a new recession for our organisation".

"These new cuts must be reversed immediately to allow us to continue our vital work," she said.

She described the cut as "unexpected and significant" and said it was "unjustified".

The organisation this morning launched its Impact report and said it received 13,655 contacts with its National Freephone Hotline and Dublin based one-to-one service in 2014.

This amounted to an average of 31 calls per day.

It also received 5,786 disclosures of abuse of children.

Women's Aid is now calling for an end to victim blaming and is demanding abusers "be held to account by society".

Harrowing tales of domestic violence were also heard in a video by victims who recounted their experiences.

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