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Strong approach needed to eradicate domestic violence – Sinn Féin

25 February, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin


Sinn Fein MLA spokesperson on Human Rights, Martina Anderson, today in the Human Rights and Professional Standards Committee at the Assembly has been involved in a round table discussion on Domestic Abuse. This was the final discussion with key stakeholders before the results of the inquiry in domestic abuse, which will be published on March 24th.

Speaking today Ms Anderson said:

"Domestic abuse is an issue that affects people from all walks of life and one that is a priority to both highlight and address. On record there are on average 46 domestic abuse incidents each day reported to the PSNI however there are many more forms of domestic abuse occurring that are not being reported.

"A key aspect of this inquiry will be examining all the reasons why some victims are deterred from reporting these crimes. This report will be published to raise awareness and to challenge attitudes to domestic abuse.

"Key areas for the discussion will be the scale of the problem include under reporting, prevention and protection of domestic abuse for victims, investigation and arrests, adequate training of PSNI members in issues surrounding domestic abuse and the role of courts can play in ending domestic violence.

"Within it there are challenges for the PSNI and their approach in tackling domestic abuse.

"The consultation process so far has revealed that while attitudes are changing and the PSNI has improved considerable in terms of it its service delivery - with many stakeholders reporting a dedicated and committed approach by PSNI - we know that more can be done.

"This is an issue that can not be ignored. Already too many people suffer from domestic violence on a daily basis and there is an onus on us all to help eradicate domestic abuse".

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