Cosc was established to co-ordinate the state’s response to the issues of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. Cosc does not provide funding for the running of services for victims. Service providers can access funding for capital, staffing and running costs from a number of sources, including Tusla,and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
Cosc provides funding for the following activities;
• Awareness Raising Activities
• Perpetrator Intervention Programmes
On this page you will also find information about other sources of funding
Awareness Raising relating to Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence
One of the High Level Goals of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence is to promote a culture of prevention and recognition through increased understanding of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. Cosc’s remit provides that it will, among other objectives, seek to raise awareness of the nature and extent of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence in Ireland and of services available to help those who experience these crimes. Developing, implementing and sustaining national and local awareness raising campaigns that challenge myths and increase understanding of the issues are key tools in the process of increasing recognition and understanding of this violence and need to be supported by related activity.
Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, announced on 20 January 2016 that she has secured funding of €950,000 for 2016 to run a new national awareness raising campaign allied to the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2016 - 2021. The campaign will commence in 2016 and it is intended that it will run for a period of 6 years. It will be subject to EU tendering procedures and consultation with non-governmental (NGO) stakeholders.
This campaign aims to bring about a change in long established societal behaviours and attitudes in relation to domestic and sexual violence, and to activate bystanders with the aim of preventing this violence. The campaign will recognise that women and men are victims of such crimes.
The campaign is a key action proposed under the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence which was launched on 20 January 2016. The campaign is supported by NGO stakeholders. It is also a requirement under the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention) to promote or conduct public awareness raising campaigns.
Launch of National Awareness Campaign
On 16 November 2016 the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D launched on 16 November 2016, the national awareness campaign “What would you do?” which is a part of the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2016-2021.
The aim of the campaign is to increase the awareness of domestic and sexual violence, to bring about a change in long established societal behaviours and attitudes and to activate bystanders with the aim of decreasing and preventing this violence. It recognises that women and men are victims of such crimes. The campaign was sought by and is supported by NGO stakeholders.
It is intended, subject to the necessary funding being made available, that it will run for a period of 6 years up to 2021. The first 3 years will focus on domestic violence to be followed by 3 years dealing with sexual violence but elements of each violence will feature in each phase of the campaign. For more information on Awareness Raising, Click here.
Grants awarded to Local Awareness Raising projects under the Cosc awareness raising scheme relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
Find the full list below of the successful applicants for Local Awareness Raising projects under the Cosc awareness raising scheme relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence and the amounts awarded.
National Campaigns funded under the Cosc Awareness Raising Grant Scheme relating to Domestic Sexual and Gender-based Violence
Find the full lists below of the successful applicants for National Campaigns under the Cosc awareness raising scheme relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence and the amounts awarded.
Recipients of funding under the Awareness Raising Grant Scheme 2015 relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence are requested to:
• acknowledge Cosc funding and to comply with requirements regarding the use of the Cosc logo as illustrated in the Cosc Brand Guidelines
• to complete 2015 evaluation report of the project that was funded, using techniques outlined in Section 1, part 5 of the Guidance Manual for Grant Applicants 2015.
• submit to Cosc, prior to their final sign-off or arrangement, all information and awareness raising materials such as DVD’s, business cards and leaflets etc. and the proposed text of all newspaper, radio or other advertisements and detailed plans for other awareness-raising events.
• submit to Cosc electronic copies of information and awareness raising materials and make them available on applicant’s website where possible.
Cosc strives to support the improvement of awareness raising through the implementation of a clear communications strategy and through transparent and fair funding procedures. All successful grant recipients are subject to audit by Cosc and may also be audited by the Department of Justice and Equality’s Internal Audit Unit.
Auditing of grants under the Cosc Grant Scheme
Cosc recognises the burden of financial management and 'form-filling' but we are obliged to ensure that taxpayers money is well spent. We try to ensure that our systems meet our obligations while not overburdening already stretched organisations.
In any event, we have to have a method of ensuring that the grant aid is being spent appropriately. The first part of this process is the information that applicants include on the application form, using the Grant Guidance Manual to help them. It's very important that this is done properly, using the Manual as a guide. Some activities are eligible for grant aid and some are not, and this is set out in the Manual. A properly completed form also helps the grant assessment team to fully and quickly ascertain the correct level of grant that each applicant should be paid.
The second part of the process is the audit process. Each year a certain number of grant applications will be selected for full audit on the basis of amount granted, geographical location, previous audit performance and random selection. The groups selected will be asked to send in all invoices and proofs of payments associated with expenditure of money received. The audit of successful grant applicants who received grant aid in 2015 is underway. The majority of the organisations audited in 2014 had spent the money granted appropriately or had a plan to spend any funds remaining at the time of audit.
It is worth remembering that:-
• grant aid must be spent on the activities outlined in the application form
• grant aid for a specific year must be used and accounted for before further grant aid will be paid out
• grant aid for a specific purpose must be used for that purpose unless an alternate purpose is agreed with Cosc
We keep all these processes under review to make sure that we are striking the right balance between accountability and burden. Our aim is a fair transparent system which works for everyone and gets information on services to the victim as efficiently as possible.
Guiding Principles for Public Awareness Raising Activities Relating to Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence
Guiding Principles for Public Awareness Raising Activities relationing to Domestic Sexual and Gender-based Violence were agreed by the National Steering Committee on Violence Against Women (NSCVAW) based on work and recommendations from its Public Awareness Sub-Committee (PASC). The document forms part of the implementation of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014 and outlines guiding principles for conducting public awareness raising activities related to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence and is intended as a guide to organisations and professionals undertaking such activities.
Primarily the guidelines aim to encourage a shift from a focus of public awareness raising activities on the victim to an inclusion of a focus on the perpetrator and bystander whilst also ensuring that information on support services is available to victims/survivors.
It is suggested that organisations developing a new public awareness raising campaign relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence take the guiding principles into account.
Guidance on Approaches to Promoting and Developing an Understanding of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence
The revised Guidance on Approaches to Promoting and Developing an Understanding of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2015 presents strategies for raising awareness among the general population, including victims and professionals and three specific population groups, namely people with disabilities, members of the Traveller Community and members of migrant communities.
The document, which was formerly the Communications paper, is informed by work and recommendations of the Public Awareness Sub-Committee (PASC) as agreed by the National Steering Committee for Violence Against Women.
The purpose of the document is to provide guidance to organisations and professionals on suggested approaches to promote and develop an understanding and recognition of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
The guidance outlines suggestions and advice as to developing messages and methods for awareness raising; confronting offending behaviours and increasing the understanding and recognition of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. A Social media and digital marketing planning aid is included in the guidance. It also incorporates the guiding principles for Public Awareness Raising activities relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence which encourage a shift from a focus of public awareness raising activities on the victim to an inclusion of a focus on the perpetrator and bystander.
Perpetrator Intervention Programmes
One of Cosc’s key tasks is to ensure that there is a system of appropriate interventions to change the attitudes and behaviour of perpetrators of domestic violence in conjunction with measures to support the victims of their violence while this change is made. At present there are some 13 intervention programmes which deal with clients referred in a variety of ways, including self-referral and by court mandate. These programmes, which receive funding from Cosc, are run by three different organisations throughout the country.
A Perpetrator intervention programme committee, comprising representatives from Cosc and intervention programmes meets quarterly to discuss matters of mutual interest.
While Cosc’s funding is confined to awareness-raising and perpetrator intervention programmes, it is possible to obtain funding from other sources.
Funding opportunities may be available for organisations from the European Commission under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme and the Justice Programme. Under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme, the funding stream known as Daphne is particularly relevant to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. There is also one stream of funding under the Justice Programme which organisation may wish to investigate. This relates to projects to support victims under the EU Victims Directive
The purpose of Daphne is to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women as well as violence against other groups at risk, in particular groups at risk of violence in close relationships and to protect victims of such violence. There are two streams of funding under Daphne, Action grant funding and Operating grant funding. However, Operating grants are restricted to organisations operating as European Networks. Action grants are more relevant to Irish organisations under the action grants stream.