Joan Mullan has been in the role of National Manager for Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services since 2015, with Tusla, Child and Family Agency. Tusla is implementing for the first time, a national programme to administer and support services for victims of domestic, sexual and gender based violence and currently funds almost 60 specialist refuges, community based domestic violence services and rape crisis/sexual violence services throughout the country, including national helpline services.

Joan has a background in research, planning and quality assurance, with a particular focus on using knowledge to address inequalities and improve the quality of user experiences. She has previously held research and management roles in the Health Service Executive, University College Dublin, Maynooth University and Institute of Technology, Sligo and has contributed to graduate and undergraduate Health Sciences and Applied Social Sciences programmes.

Joan has been engaged around issues of gender based violence and wider issues of gender and equality for many years, having developed an interest in women-centred organisations during graduate studies. She first became involved in the rape crisis sector as a volunteer in 1998.