Rural domestic violence victims 'must continue to receive support'

Women living in rural areas of Northern Ireland must continue to be supported by the country's executive and other organisations if they suffer from domestic violence, it has been claimed.

The Northern Ireland Executive's agriculture and rural development minister Michelle Gildernew has outlined the importance of addressing cases of abuse.

Following a recent meeting with the Women's Aid Federation NI - a voluntary body that aims to tackle domestic violence issues - she commented that residents living in rural communities may notably require support.

The minister continued: "Many rural women in this situation can particularly feel isolated and distressed in the belief that they have no-one to turn to.

"Women's Aid provides a critical lifeline to these women and I am very appreciative of their outreach efforts."

Members of the Northern Ireland Executive have also recently backed a new campaign which aims to improve people's understanding about sexual abuse.

Lenore Rice, Head of the Family Law department at Wilson Nesbitt solicitors, commented: "Abuse can be in many forms; physical, mental, emotional, etc, and vulnerable clients should seek legal assistance as soon as possible in order that they are aware of the remedies and court reliefs available to them."
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