NVQ Awards

Date: 
27 October, 2010
Ford praises the work of Women’s Aid  
Justice Minister David Ford has praised the work of Women’s Aid and the support it provides to domestic violence victims.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
As we work to reshape the justice system, victims must be at the heart of everything we do and the important support role played by organisations like Women’s Aid is vital as we move forward
Minister of Justice David Ford MLA, Northern Ireland Department of Justice
The Minister was speaking tonight at a Women’s Aid ceremony in Antrim where he presented staff with NVQ awards in working with victims, survivors and witnesses.
Mr Ford said: "As we work to reshape the justice system, victims must be at the heart of everything we do and the important support role played by organisations like Women’s Aid is vital as we move forward.
"We often speak of Women’s Aid as an organisation. We know however that the success of any organisation is dependent on each and every individual within it.
"Tonight is about the individual and I welcome the opportunity to present these awards. Not only will Women’s Aid as an organisation benefit from the new skills you have learnt, but ultimately the greatest impact will be on the victims, survivors and witnesses with whom you will come into contact.
"Women’s Aid delivers a vast range of much needed services to victims of domestic violence commencing when victims need most support and continuing throughout the period of delivering justice against this heinous crime."The Working with Victims, Survivors and Witnesses NVQ is facilitated by the Regional Assessment Centre for Justice Sector Awards, which is funded by the Department of Justice.
Notes to Editors
1. David Ford was speaking at an awards ceremony organised by Women’s Aid, Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN).
2. The Inter-Ministerial Group for Domestic and Sexual Violence is jointly led by the Department of Health, Social Services and Department of Justice and is committed to addressing domestic violence. The "Tackling Violence at Home" strategy for addressing domestic violence and abuse in Northern Ireland was launched in October 2005. Women’s Aid play a key role in the delivery of the Strategy and are actively involved in the Domestic Violence Regional Strategy Group.
3. The Regional Assessment Centre for Justice Sector Awards offers access to work based assessment for a range of nationally recognised qualifications and is the only provider in Northern Ireland currently delivering access to NVQs in criminal and community justice.
4. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office on 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.