‘Domestic violence against women a serious problem’ – Ruane

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Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said that the ‘Billion Rising’ event on St Valentines Day in Stormont highlighted the fact that domestic violence especially against women was a serious problem in Ireland.

Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said, “I was particularly delighted to take part in a flash mob routine at Stormont in order to highlight the menace of domestic violence in Ireland.

“Ireland has some of the highest recorded incidents of domestic violence in Europe and it is totally unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

“While domestic violence is perpetrated mostly against women there are also male victims and it must be opposed no matter where it emanates.

“The level of violence can range from minimal to the death of someone and people need to realise no level of domestic violence is acceptable,” Ruane insisted.

“We must lift the stigma associated with it if it is to be tackled properly and introduce measure that allows victims to come forward and report incidents in a dignified way.

“A pilot scheme that recently run in Derry Court House allowed victims of domestic violence to bring their cases in an area away from other criminal cases where court staff, judges and solicitors especially trained to deal with domestic violence.

She added, “This resulted in more people coming forward and reporting incidents and this trial should be rolled out now across the North. I would appeal to anyone suffering from the effects of domestic violence to seek help and not to suffer alone as there is help out there.”


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