On Day 7 of the Women's Aid One in Five Women Campaign during the International 16 Days of Action, Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive Officer of Tusla, shares a message of support:
“People talk about the voice of the victim and as the Child and Family Agency, the voice of the child and of their families is central to our responses. But it shouldn’t be up to individual victims to repeatedly have to tell their stories to get responses.
We need scrutiny of what causes domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual abuse against boys and girls.
We need to prevent this violence in the first place, to focus also on the abusers and to work together to overcome the factors that enable and perpetuate violence in families and violence against women.
We need to create a society and environment in which violence is never tolerated and crimes of a sexual or gender based nature are rare and dealt with sensitively and with the full force of the law.
As the State Agency with the mandate for the care and protection of victims of Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Tusla – the Child and Family Agency must and will do all it can to ensure that appropriate supports and services are available for those who need them.
Caring is important but it is not enough.”