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‘Ending domestic violence must be political priority’ - Boyle

29 November, 2017 - by Michaela Boyle

Political priority must be given to eliminating domestic and sexual violence, Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has said.

The West Tyrone MLA was speaking at an event she hosted in Stormont to launch the Pink Badge campaign which aims to raise funds and awareness to assist specialist services providing vital support to victims of domestic and sexual violence. 

She commented: “Escaping domestic violence is a traumatic and emotional process. My heart goes out to anyone who has to live with it.  

“Without adequate refuge provision, women who experience domestic violence will be faced with a stark choice: flee to live rough on the streets if they have no family support or remain with their abuser and risk further violence, or even worse, in some cases, death.

“That is why I am pledging my support to the pink badge campaign

“Today we remember those women who have lost their lives to domestic violence

“Although domestic abuse and sexual violence primarily affect women, we should acknowledge that they also affect men, non-binary people and especially children—girls and boys.

“Today we make a commitment to make the elimination of gender-based violence a political priority.”

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