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Inaction on domestic violence unacceptable – Jennifer McCann

29 October, 2013 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann said more action is needed by the PSNI and Criminal Justice system to protect victims of domestic violence.

Speaking following a CJI report, which criticises the inaction of the PSNI the West Belfast MLA said:

"This report shows once again that domestic violence is not viewed as a serious crime to be tackled and pursued in the way that other crimes are.

The fact that only one of 13 recommendations made three years ago to improve the PSNI's handling of domestic violence have been achieved, has let victims of domestic abuse down.

Given that there were 11,160 recorded crimes of domestic abuse in one year and that there are many that go unrecorded, indicates that action is needed by the Criminal Justice agencies to take the necessary measures to protect and support victims.

Domestic violence is a serious crime, which can have a devastating physical and emotional effect on its victims and their families.

The Criminal Justice agencies need to ensure that victims of domestic violence are given the support and justice they deserve and that perpetrators are dealt with."

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