Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence are issues of international, national and local concern and victims access services across local, regional and even national boundaries. Since 2015 Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has established a national Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services (DSGBV) programme, currently staffed by 12 people within its Operations Section. The Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services programme administers and provides funding for services to victims and survivors of these forms of violence. Currently, almost 60 frontline service provider organisations, distributed throughout Ireland, which deliver a range of specialist support services within their communities. These include:
- 22 Domestic Violence refuges and Safe Home services providing safe emergency accommodation
- 42 community base Domestic Violence services
- 16 Rape Crisis/Sexual Violence Services
The Tusla DSGBV Services programme administers statutory funding provided to these organisations, facilitates co-ordination at a national level, promotes equity, enhances service delivery and supports on-going enhancement of these organisations responses to victims and survivors.
Our vision is a society where everyone is free from domestic, sexual and gender based violence and where healthy relationships are promoted and cherished.
Our purpose is to prevent domestic, sexual and gender based violence where possible, to provide care to victims and survivors, to protect them as far possible from further victimisation and to promote their safety and well being.
We seek to challenge inequalities by promoting equality of access to our funded services for all victims and survivors of domestic, sexual and gender based violence.
We aim to achieve a fair distribution of resources to meet the needs of victims and survivors of domestic, sexual and gender based violence and to provide services that are of high quality and in line with best evidence-based practice as it is currently understood.
We aim to promote respect for the innate dignity of each human being, and to listen to them with empathy and compassion.
We are committed to ensuring that the voices of victims and survivors of domestic, sexual and gender based violence are heard and that they are empowered to participate in meaningful ways in decisions about their lives and about the service they require.