'Action needed on domestic violence homicides' - Boyle
More must be done to combat the rate of domestic violence homicides in the North, Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has said.
The West Tyrone MLA was commenting after Sinn Féin submitted a party response to a Department of Justice consultation on a proposed model for the introduction of Domestic Homicide Reviews here.“Today Sinn Féin submitted our party’s response to the consultation on Domestic Homicide reviews," Michaela Boyle said.“Figures released from the PSNI revealed that around five people in the north are killed every year during incidents of domestic violence. However due to the under-reporting of domestic violence and abuse the actual figures are believed to be higher.“The north of Ireland has a human rights obligation to assess the risk factors in relation to domestic violence deaths and to shape policy in this area.“Sinn Féin believe that a robust database on all domestic violence homicides should be collated and appropriate governance mechanisms should be in place to deal with domestic violence cases."Many victims of domestic violence encounter barriers or gaps in service particularly victims from more vulnerable communities. A Domestic Homicide Review can identify these issues and form recommendations to address them, as well as strategies for perpetrator intervention that may have been overlooked."Sinn Féin believe that family involvement in the process is extremely important. Families should be given the opportunity to be integral to reviews and should be treated as a key stakeholder.“Each Domestic Homicide Review report should focus on important facts about individual cases and should be made widely public when it is the right time to do so.“It is vitally important that anyone suffering from abuse whether physical or emotional knows that there are organisations, including the PSNI, Women’s Aid and Men’s Aid who are just a phone call away and ready to help. No one should suffer in silence.”