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Policing Board to conduct enquiry into crime of domestic violence

22 May, 2008


Welcoming an enquiry into domestic violence crime, Sinn Féin women's spokesperson Jennifer Mc Cann has said that the issue of violence against women must continue to be highlighted more in policy.

Ms Mc Cann said

"I welcome todays announcement that the Policing Board are to conduct an enquiry into the crime of Domestic Violence.


While Domestic Violence can effect anyone, women and children are particularly vulnerable.


While recent statistics show that more women are coming forward to report crimes of domestic violence to the PSNI there are still many cases that go unreported.


Evidence shows a leniency towards perpetrators particularly in the sentences they receive.


Further steps are needed to ensure that the issues of violence against women overall and domestic violence specifically are given an appropriate importance within the Government's policy on crime reduction and community safety.

Conviction rates are still too low and sentences too lenient.

The PSNI and the Criminal Justice system must ensure that those convicted of the crime of Domestic Violence are given the sentences that reflect the seriousness of the crime and the issue of violence against women overall and domestic violence specifically are given the appropriate importance within the Government's policy on crime reduction and community safety."

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