Boyle committed to supporting victims of Domestic Violence
Sinn Féín MLA and member of the Justice Committee Michaela Boyle has met with Foyle Women's Aid to discuss their work tackling all forms of violence against women.
Women's Aid provides support and refuge services for women and their children suffering from mental, physical or sexual abuse.
Speaking after the meeting the West Tyrone MLA said,
"Domestic violence in all its forms is a crime and we all have to work harder to tackle it.
“As an MLA in a rural constituency, I am always very concerned about the plight of rural victims of domestic violence. Many rural women in this situation can particularly feel isolated and distressed in the belief that they have no-one to turn to. Women's Aid provides a critical lifeline to these women and I am hugely appreciative of their outreach efforts in rural areas.
“Many topics were discussed at the meeting including cross border initiatives, early intervention, the ‘One Safe Place’ plan and the importance of homicide reviews
“There was also concern and uncertainty expressed at this meeting in regard to elements of projects that receive European funding following the decision by England to take us out of Europe.
“It is clear we all need to do more to assist with service provision and funding to this sector.
“In my role within the Justice Committee I am fully committed to playing my part in raising awareness of these important issues and being a voice for victims of domestic violence.”