Galway support groups benefit from €5.25m victims of crime fund

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Multiple charities working in Galway have been awarded more than €400,000 in funding for NGOs supporting victims of crime.

Minister for Justice Simon Harris has today announced that €5.25 million has been allocated to more than 65 organisations supporting crime victims.

Domestic Violence Response Galway, supporting women impacted by domestic abuse in the city and county will receive €23,100.

A number of other NGOs which also offer dedicated services for victims of crims in Galway have also been awarded funding.

The ASSC provides volunteers to accompany and support young people attending the Child & Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment Service (CASATS) forensic unit in Barnahus Galway.

This group, which supports young people and children in a very stressful situation, has been awarded €282,000.

Barnardos, which has support services for post-adoption in Claregalway, will receive €108,150 in funding.

Minister Simon Harris said, “The work of so many organisations across the country that help victims of crime is outstanding.”

“I’m delighted to provide this funding to help ensure these services are available to all victims who need them, to a consistently high standard, and throughout the State.”

He said that the government recognises the impact of inflation, and where organisations sought an increase on last year’s funding, they got a minimum of a 5% rise.

“We are committed to building a victim-centred criminal justice system and, in general terms, this funding will increase the organisations’ ability to provide supports and services as victims engage.”

There has been a total budget of €5.8 million allocated to the Department of Justice for victims of crime in 2023, the remainder of which will be distributed later this year.