29/11/2005

Domestic violence helpline is saving lives – Hanson

Criminal Justice Minister David Hanson has highlighted the success of the 24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline which is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Opening the Women’s Aid Federation Annual Conference the Minister said thousands of calls were made to the Helpline every year and that over the past ten years people had continued to receive "life changing, indeed life saving, help and support".

The Minister referred to the recent launch of Tackling Violence at Home, the Government’s strategy and action plan to tackle Domestic Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland, and reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to working with all the key stakeholders to implement the Strategy.

“Our strategy puts so much emphasis on the need to work together in partnership and it is clear to me that the helpline is a model of partnership working," the Minister said.

"This 24 hour free phone Domestic Violence Helpline is a perfect example of what is achievable when we turn words into deeds and is a very effective support mechanism for all victims of domestic violence regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnic or religious group or disability.”

The 24-Hour Free-phone Domestic Violence Helpline – on 0800 917 1414 - is open to anyone affected by domestic violence.

(MB/SP)

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