Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann has praised the work of Folye Women's Aid in providing a range of support for victims of all types of abuse.
Speaking during a visit to Ashleywood House in Derry the West Belfast MLA said:
“Domestic and sexual violence are crimes that must be challenged and tackled by all in society. They have devastating long-term effects on victims, their families and are an abuse of their human rights.
“Women's Aid have led the way for many years in supporting victims and survivors and in creating safer communities where people don't have to live in fear.
“Foyle Women's Aid is to be commended for the development of the Domestic Abuse Family Hub at Ashley House in Derry. This first phase provides much needed support and independent living arrangements for families.
“All of us must ensure that essential organisations like Foyle Women's Aid are supported and resourced by the Executive and that our policies are informed by listening to victims and those who work directly with them.
“Everyone has the right to live free from fear and abuse and all of us have a responsibility to ensure that we protect and support victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.”