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Violence against women

28 November, 2007

Sinn Féin spokesperson on women Jennifer McCann MLA speaking following the publication of an Amnesty International Report today highlighting the lack of services available in the North of Ireland for women who are raped or experience violence has said that tackling violence against women must be given the priority it deserves.

Ms McCann said:

"This Report once again highlights the lack of adequate provision and services for women who are raped or violently assaulted.

"All forms of violence against women must be challenged and the services put in place to ensure that women who have been raped or have experienced violence are given the support they need.

"There is an urgent need for rape crisis centres and counsellors trained in the area of sexual abuse to be available to women and children no matter what part of the North they live in.

"There needs to be a strategic approach to this issue by government where all departments are working in a joined up way to deliver services and to ensure that groups and organisations are adequately resourced and financed to do so.

"Tackling violence against women must be given the priority by Government that it deserves.

"Women and children are entitled to the same human rights as anyone else in society and must be protected from rape from violent sexual crime." ENDS

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