Domestic violence victims get chance to speak out

A public meeting is to be held to discuss domestic violence in Northern Ireland, it has been reported.

The Coleraine District Policing Partnership (DPP) is to hold a meeting at the Lodge Hotel in Coleraine on October 23rd, with speakers from different agencies invited to talk about their own experiences to do with violence in the home.

Among those who are speaking at the meeting is Kate McCloskey, from Causeway Women's Aid, who will talk about the work her agency does to help and support women who are victims.

Una Duffin, acting detective inspector, will give the views of the PSNI Public Protection Unit and detail the efforts they make to help bring the perpetrators of domestic violence to justice.

Solicitors might be interested to learn that other speakers at the meeting will include workers from the legal profession, to give the side of the story which relates to the court systems and human rights laws.

The Northern Ireland Policing Board's annual human rights report from last year suggests that reported incidents of domestic violence are increasing year on year in the province.

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