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Sinn Féin put Domestic Violence on the political Agenda

23 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Women's Issues, West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann has welcomed support from the other political parties on the need to debate the issue of Domestic violence after the Business Committee agreed to debate a Sinn Féin motion on the issue next week in the Assembly.

Ms McCann said:

"Domestic violence is a difficult issue but one that we should not and can not shy away from.

"The impact of Domestic Violence on families is devastating. The Women's Aid Federation estimate that a quarter of all women experience domestic violence at some stage in their lives and that almost half the women who are murdered are killed by their partners.

"Women and children suffer hugely and there are also men who are the victims of domestic violence.

"We need to ensure that there are the services and supports, and especially refuges in place so that anyone who is a victim of domestic violence can access them.

"Every year in Northern Ireland around 17,000 women contact Women's Aid for advice and around 3000 women and children stay in refuges.

"But we also need to highlight this issue and give political leadership. Yes there is more that politicians can do. It is about securing resources for support but it is also about challenging attitudes." ENDS

Note to Editors

The Sinn Féin motion on Domestic Violence will be debated next week on Tuesday, 29th May.

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