15/10/2021

Justice Minster Will Do 'All She Can' For Those Affected By Domestic Abuse

Justice Minster Naomi Long has said that she will do all that she can to "support and continue to deliver for those affected by domestic abuse".

The Minister made the commitment after hearing directly from people affected by domestic abuse, as well as specialists working in this field from Belfast and Lisburn Women's Aid

The Minister said: "Tackling domestic abuse is extremely important to me and has been a priority throughout my time as Justice Minster.

"As part of my work I have been keen to hear about the experiences of those most affected. Engagement with experts in this field, such as the staff from Belfast and Lisburn Women's Aid, who continue to undertake extremely important work, on the ground, in delivering help and support to those in need is also critical.

"I want to thank those that I heard from today, for taking the time to tell me about their experience, and to acknowledge the courage that they have shown including through seeking justice. I listened to their views on tackling domestic abuse, reflecting on their own personal experiences, which can further inform and make a difference to the important work we're taking forward with a range of voluntary sector partners.

"I want to make it clear that as Justice Minister I will do all that I can to deliver for those affected by domestic abuse, whether male, female or LGBTQIA+ given that domestic abuse affects all. This includes the new domestic abuse offence to be introduced next year, as well as associated training and awareness raising on this. In addition, I am bringing forward Protection from Stalking legislation as well as a Justice Bill and work on the Gillen Review to tackle related sexual abuse issues."


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