Dáil Éireann - Volume 609 - 02 November, 2005
Written Answers. - Domestic Violence.
Mr. Ferris Mr. Ferris
186. Mr. Ferris asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if she will ensure that voluntary sector groups working in the area of domestic and sexual violence are adequately provided for in the upcoming estimates; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31502/05]
Mr. S. Power Mr. S. Power
Mr. S. Power: 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 more than €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 determination as to whether services should be provided by Health Service Executive employees or by the voluntary sector is also a matter for the Health Service Executive.
My Department has requested that the parliamentary affairs division of Health Service Executive reply directly to the Deputy on the matters raised in his question.
Dáil Éireann 609 Written Answers. Domestic Violence.