Govt domestic violence strategy 'a positive development'

A new government strategy, which seeks to address the problems of domestic and sexual violence, has been welcomed by one female organisation.

Ministers recently announced that the initiative, which has entitled We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls, will seek to tackle such issues by offering financial assistance to victims and running educational campaigns.

The UK's End Violence Against Women Coalition has now given its backing to the government's proposals.

Chair of the organisation Professor Liz Kelly believes that the strategy may cover a number of important areas.

She added: "It's vital that the strategy sustains and extends frontline women's services, particularly as the vast majority of women still do not report to the police."

Michelle Gildernew, the Northern Ireland Executive's minister for rural development, recently suggested that women who live in rural areas of the country should continue to receive strong support if they suffer abuse in their home.

Lenore Rice, Head of the Family Law department at Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors, recently commented: "Domestic violence impacts on many people, particularly very young, elderly and other vulnerable people.

"The courts are there to assist such people and can provide protection by way of Non-molestation Orders or County Court Injunctions.

"Anyone who is or has been a victim and has suffered any such violence which may be physical, mental or emotional should contact a solicitor immediately for assistance."
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