A SOCIETY FREE FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Date: 
21 January, 2016

 A SOCIETY FREE FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 
January 21, 2016  In Domestic violence, Health Minister
 
Health Minister Simon Hamilton this week visited the Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCL&N) Women’s Aid facility, Grace House in Antrim.
 
Speaking during the visit, he said, ‘Everyone should feel safe at home; tragically, many people in Northern Ireland face great danger at home from the people closest to them.
 
‘Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity or sexuality and it not only impacts on victims, but also their family, friends and the wider society. The impacts can be long-lasting and can ruin lives.’
 
The framework for the response to domestic violence in Northern Ireland was
developed through the domestic violence strategy, Tackling Violence at Home, published in October 2005. A new regional strategy, Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland, is currently under development.