Domestic violence means 100 women and children in need of solicitors in NI

Over 100 women and children need help from solicitors in Northern Ireland, according to Amnesty International.

The group has published a report called No Recourse, No Safety which says the government has failed to protect 72 women and 46 children in Northern Ireland from domestic abuse because of their immigration status.

Campaigner for Amnesty International Patricia Campbell described the situation as "awful" and said that the Northern Ireland Executive has the obligation to enure that all women enjoy the same level of protection from exploitation.

"We are calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to provide safe accommodation and other support to women with uncertain immigration status fleeing violence," she said.

Because of a lack of funds to protect these women, they face the "stark" choice of "staying in the abuse or becoming destitute", the organisation claimed.

According to the Home Office, domestic violence accounts for 16 per cent of all violent crime and will affect one in four women and one in six men during their lifetimes. On average, two women are killed each week by a former or current partner.

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