FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction to the Commission

  1. What does the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime (the Commission) do? 
  2. Who are the members of the Commission?
  3. Why was the Commission established?
  4. Are the members of the Commission representatives of any particular organisation? 
  5. Is the Commission an independent body?
  6. Who provides the funding to be distributed by the Commission?
  7. Do the Commission members have any particular qualifications?

     

Funding

  1. Does the Commission give funding for counselling services?
  2. Does the Commission fund any restorative justice schemes?
  3. What services are provided by the voluntary sector organisations funded by the Commission? 
  4. How much funding has been distributed by the Commission to help victims of crime?
  5. Does the Commission give funding to any special categories of victims? 
  6. What organisations have been funded by the Commission?
  7. How does an organisation apply for funding from the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime?
  8. How does the Commission decide how to allocate funding to victims of crime?
  9. What are the requirements for an organisation to apply for funding? 
  10. Can organisations apply for joint funding? 
  11. How many victims were helped by the funding which was provided by the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime? 
  12. Does the Commission give funding directly to victims of crime?

     

Individuals

  1. I am a victim of crime: how can the Commission help me?
  2. Who should I contact if I am a victim of crime?
  3. What other services are available to victims of crime?
  4. What does the Commission do to support victims of domestic violence?
  5. What other services are available to victims of domestic violence?
  6. What does the Commission do to support victims of sexual violence?
  7. What other services are available to victims of sexual violence?
  8. What does the Commission do to support victims of human trafficking?
  9. What other services are available to victims of human trafficking?
  10. Does the Commission pay compensation to victims of crime?
  11. Can the Commission put me in touch with an organisation it funds?

     

Other Roles of the Commission

  1. Does the Commission have any other role besides the distribution of funding to organisations which assist victims of crime?
  2. Has the Commission a role in relation to the Victims Charter?
  3. What is the Consultative Forum

 

Introduction to the Commission

 

Question 1

What does the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime (the Commission) do?

 

The Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime is allocated an annual budget from the Department of Justice and Equality to provide funding for voluntary sector services and supports to victims of crime.  It is also tasked with improving the consistency of service and information available to the victims of crime, which it does in cooperation with the Victims of Crime Office and the criminal justice agencies.(back to top)

 

Question 2

Who are the members of the Commission?

 

The Commission is an independent body which operates under the aegis of the Department of Justice and Equality.  The Commission is comprised of a chairman and board.

The current members of the Commission are:

Chair: Mr. Ray McAndrew, former Assistant Commissioner, An Garda Síochána
Mr. P.J. Fitzpatrick, former Chief Executive, Courts Service

Mr. Terry Delany, Deputy General Secretary, Communications Workers Union
Mr. Greg Heylin, Director, Victims of Crime Office (ex-officio).(back to top)

 

Question 3

Why was the Commission established?
  
The Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime was established by the then Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform in March 2005 to disburse funding for the support of victims. The Commission was also asked to undertake a comprehensive review of the current and future needs of victims with a view to devising a framework of victim support services into the future.

 

In May, 2008, the Minister published the Framework Document - Recommendations for Future Structures and Services for Victims of Crime,  which the Commission had presented to him a few weeks earlier. All of these recommendations were accepted by the Minister.

 

In September 2008, the Minister reconstituted the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime, after its first three year term, and established the Victims of Crime Office. (back to top)

 

Question 4

Are the members of the Commission representatives of any particular organisation?

 

The members of the Commission do not represent the viewpoint of any specific organisation. They do, however, come from a number of different backgrounds, and apply their experience and insights to the tasks at hand.(back to top)

 

Question 5

Is the Commission an independent body?

 

Although the Commission is funded by the Department of Justice and Equality, it is an independent body and is autonomous in its decision making. The Victims of Crime Office acts as secretariat to the Commission providing administrative support to the Commission.(back to top)

 

Question 6

Who provides the funding to be distributed by the Commission?

 

The Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime is allocated an annual budget from the Department of Justice and Equality to provide funding for services and supports to victims of crime.(back to top)

 

Question 7

Do the Commission members have any particular qualifications?

 

The members of the Commission come from different backgrounds and each one brings their own insights into the current position of victims of crime, based on their career and experiences.(back to top)

 

 

Funding

 

Question 8

Does the Commission give funding for counselling services?

 

The Commission recognises the valuable role that counselling plays for some victims of crime and has funded a small number of organisations to provide such counselling. Our directory of victim services provides a list of organisations currently funded to provide counselling.(back to top)

 

Question 9

Does the Commission fund any restorative justice schemes?

 

The Commission does not currently provide funding to restorative justice schemes. The Commission is supportive of the work being carried out by restorative justice process in Ireland and the work of the National Commission on Restorative Justice.(back to top)

 

Question 10

What services are provided by the voluntary sector organisations funded by the Commission?

 

The Commission has funded over 40 voluntary sector organisations which support victims of crime. These organisation support victims of  domestic abuse, sexual violence, tourist victims of crime, child victims, families of victims of homicide  as well as victims of  general crime. These organisations provide a number of services to victims of crime which include court accompaniment, information, helplines, emotional support and counselling.  Our directory of victim services lists organisations currently being funded.(back to top)

 

Question 11

How much funding has been distributed by the Commission to help victims of crime?

 

Since its establishment in 2005 to the end of 2011, the Commission will have allocated over €7m to more than 40 voluntary sector organisations which support victims of crime.(back to top)

 

Question 12

Does the Commission give funding to any special categories of victims?

 

The Commission gives funding to organisations which support victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, tourist victims of crime, child victims, and families of victims of homicide as well as victims of general crime.(back to top)

 

Question 13

What organisations have been funded by the Commission?

 

A full list of the organisation which have been funded by the Commission year by year is available in the Commission’s annual reports. (back to top)

 

Question 14

How does an organisation apply for funding from the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime?

 

Each year the Commission advertises its funding scheme in the national newspapers and on the Department of Justice website. Any organisations wishing to apply for funding do so by submitting an application form.  More details on applying for funding are available here. (back to top)

 

Question 15

How does the Commission decide how to allocate funding to victims of crime? 

 

Any organisations wishing to apply for funding do so by submitting an application form.  The Commission, after considering the applications makes the final decision on the level of funding. Factors which influence the decision of the Commission include:

 

- the provision of services directly to victims

- the service, if any, provided by the organisation in the past

- demand for services

- any innovative aspects in the application

- the total cost of the proposed service

- the value for money of the proposed service

- the groups at which the service is targeted

- the catchment area for the service 

- funding being received by the applicant from other organisations and

- overall quality of the application.(back to top)

 

Question 16

What are the requirements for an organisation to apply for funding?

 

Applicants for funding must be either a registered company or charity and must be able to provide a current tax clearance certificate and provide audited accounts to the Commission. Applicants who are offered funding must also agree to the terms and conditions as outlined in the form of acceptance.(back to top)

 

Question 17

Can organisations apply for joint funding?

 

Yes the Commission looks favourably on joint applications for funding from two or more organisations acting together.(back to top)

 

Question 18

How many victims were helped by the funding which was provided by the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime?

 

It is estimated that in the region of 35,000 victims will have been helped through funding provided by the Commission in the period 2005 to end 2009.(back to top)

 

Question 19

Does the Commission give funding directly to victims of crime?

 

The Commission does not give funding directly to victims of crime.  It provides funding solely to voluntary sector organisations that support victims of crime.

 

Certain categories of victims of crime can receive some compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal.  The Tribunal considers applications from people who suffer a personal injury or death as a result of a crime of violence.  Applications may also be made to the Tribunal in respect of personal injury resulting from an attempt to prevent a crime or to save a human life.  Information about this service can be found by contacting the Criminal Injuries Compensation tribunal at:

 

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal
13 Lower Hatch Street
Dublin 2

Phone: + 353 1 661-0604

Fax: + 353 1 661-0598

Email: criminalinjuries@justice.ie (back to top)

 

Individuals

 

Question 20

I am a victim of crime: how can the Commission help me?

 

The Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime works in close consultation with the Victims of Crime Office, the Gardaí and the other criminal justice agencies to help promote the interests of victims. The Commission provides funding to voluntary sector organisations which support victims of crime.(back to top)

 

Question 21 

Who should I contact if I am a victim of crime?

 

The crime should be reported to the Gardaí in an emergency to 999 or 112, or to your local station.  You may also wish to contact the Crime Victims Helpline (116 006) who will provide you with information, emotional support and contact details of support services available in your area.(back to top)

 

Question 22 

What other services are available to victims of crime?

 

Besides the services which are offered by voluntary sector organisations, there are a number of services which are available to victims of crime. These are outlined in the Victims Charter and Guide to the Criminal Justice System.(back to top)

 

Question 23 

What does the Commission do to support victims of domestic violence?

 

The Commission provides funding to voluntary sector organisations which provide court accompaniment to victims of domestic violence.  Details of these organisations are available under victim services.  The Commission also cooperates with Cosc the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, whose job is to develop policy to support victims of domestic violence.(back to top)

 

Question 24 

What other services are available to victims of domestic violence?

 

A comprehensive outline of the services that are available to victims of domestic violence is available from the directory of local and national services on the Cosc website.(back to top)

 

Question 25 

What does the Commission do to support victims of sexual violence?

 

The Commission allocates funding to a number of organisations which provide court accompaniment to victims of sexual violence. Details of these organisations are available under victim services. The Commission also works with Cosc, the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, whose job it is to develop policy to support victims of sexual violence.(back to top)

 

Question 26 

What other services are available to victims of sexual violence?

 

A comprehensive outline of the services that are available to victims of sexual violence is available from the directory of local and national services on the Cosc website.(back to top)

 

Question 27 

What does the Commission do to support victims of human trafficking?

 

The Commission prreviously provided funding to Ruhama to provide court accompaniment to victims of human trafficking.  The Commission also cooperates with the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit. (back to top)

 

Question 28 

What other services are available to victims of human trafficking?

 

If you want to report a suspicion of human trafficking, whether for sexual or labour exploitation or for human organ trafficking, you can phone Crimestoppers on 1800 250 025, a twenty four hour hot-line, or e-mail blueblindfold@garda.ie.  More details are available on the blue blindfold website.(back to top)

 

Question 29 

Does the Commission pay compensation to victims of crime?

 

See answer19.(back to top)

 

Question 30 

Can the Commission put me in touch with an organisation it funds?

 

If you wish to contact an organisation funded by the Commission please check our victim services for contact information.(back to top)

 

Other Roles of the Commission

 

Question 31 

Does the Commission have any other role besides the distribution of funding to organisations which assist victims of crime?

 

separate page outlines the roles of the Commission.(back to top)


Question 32 

Has the Commission a role in relation to the Victims Charter?

 

The Victims Charter and Guide to the Criminal Justice System provides a written framework of rights and entitlements against which crime victims can measure the standard of treatment received in their dealings across all sections of the criminal justice system. The Department of Justice and Equality asked the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime to undertake a comprehensive review of the ongoing effectiveness of the Charter. This review is now being progressed as part of the Commission’s work programme.(back to top)

 

Question 33 

What is the Consultative Forum?

 

The Victims of Crime Consultative Forum provides a space where voluntary sector organisations funded by the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime can make known the views of victims, with a view to influencing the formulation of strategies and policies, which have an impact on the lives of victims.  It is also possible for funded organisations to exchange good practice with one another at the Consultative Forum.(back to top)