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‘More support needed for domestic violence victims’ - Anderson

1 August, 2008 - by Maeve McLaughlin

'More support needed for domestic violence victims' - Anderson

Policing Board member Martina Anderson has called for more support for victims of domestic violence following new evidence about the extent of the problem here.

"New research published this week has revealed that one in three women who attempt to take their own lives have been the victims of domestic violence," said the Foyle Sinn Féin MLA.

"A separate report issued by the United Nations Committee for the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) expressed deep concern about a number of related issues included human trafficking, sexual violence and the level of services for female prisoners here.

"CEDAW has called for more support and services for vulnerable women and I would like to echo that call.

"I would also point out that the Policing Board is currently taking an in-depth investigation of domestic violence and the PSNI's approach to it.

"In 2007/08, the police responded to 23076 domestic violence incidents - that is more than the level of all other criminal activity combined.

"That is a shocking statistic and is also the reason why the Board is determined to take a robust approach to this issue by forensically examining all levels of the PSNI's response, including prevention and protection, investigation and arrest, support for victims, the role of Public Protection Units and inter-agency co-operation.

"By doing that, we intend to put in place the very best services to assist and protect vulnerable women and to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice."

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