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Sinn Féin delegation to meet PSNI Domestic Violence Care Unit

3 September, 2007

Sinn Féin MLAs Jennifer Mc Cann and Martina Anderson have today announced a meeting with the PSNI Domestic Care Unit, Wednesday 5 September @10am-1pm, Dunmurray PSNI Station, to highlight the issue of domestic and sexual violence.

Sinn Féin Women's Spokesperson, West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann said,

"Womens Aid reports that 29% of murders in the six counties involved domestic situations and one women is seriously assaulted (ABH, GBH, attempted murder) by her male partner every day.

"I have previously welcomed the new PSNI media campaign to encourage more victims of domestic violence to come forward but more must be done.

On Wednesday, myself and my party colleague, Martina Anderson shall convey to the PSNI that far reaching improvements right across the policing and judicial structures in dealing with domestic violence cases and particularly in conviction rates and sentencing are needed.

"It is also clear that the in many many cases people feel that they are let down by the judicial service.

"Not only the conviction rates very low in domestic violence cases but at times there is almost a sense of betrayal because of the short sentences handed down to perpetrators of domestic violence."

"Sinn Féin shall be tackling this issue on an All Ireland basis and last week my colleagues in the 26 counties Sinn Féin proposed that domestic and sexual violence should be named priorities, with actions and performance indicators, in the Garda Policing Plan 2008.

"The PSNI must deliver results, and it is our job to ensure that they are doing everything in their power to address this issue of paramount importance."


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