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Domestic Violence on families is devastating

19 May, 2008


Sinn Féin Derry City Deputy Mayor Councillor Patricia Logue has said that the impact of Domestic Violence on families is devastating and that it is a serious crime and must be treated as such.

Councillor Logue said

"The impact of Domestic Violence on families is devastating. It is estimated that a quarter of all women experience Domestic Abuse at some stage in their lives and almost half the women who are murdered are killed by their partners.

"No-one should be under any illusions about domestic violence. It is a serious crime and must be treated as such. The research shows that domestic violence is one of most prevalent of all crimes against the person.

"We need to ensure that there is good support for people who take the courage to leave an abusive relationship. We need proper support for victims from help lines, to refuges and counselling and we need a policing response that is both sensitive to the needs to victims and focused on securing convictions and ensuring the safety of those who leave violent relationships.

"It is clear that in many cases people feel that they are let down by the judicial service.

"Not only are the conviction rates very low in domestic violence cases but at times there is almost a sense of betrayal because of the short sentences handed down to perpetrators of domestic violence.

"We need to continue to raise public awareness about domestic violence. 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." ENDS

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