Rachel Woods MLA has today (Monday 10th January 2022) welcomed the launch of the ‘Call for Views’ of the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy and the Violence Against Women Strategy, but warns that it must be fit for purpose.
The Green Party NI MLA for North Down said: “In March last year, MLAs unanimously supported a motion calling for the introduction of a Violence Against Women Strategy. It’s disappointing that it has taken this long for the Executive Ministers to just start the process of developing a strategy.
“Misogyny is deeply rooted in our society and has fatal consequences. 12 women that we know of have been murdered in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic. The introduction of a strategy to address this crisis, which recognises the systemic and institutionalised nature of gender based violence, is long overdue.
“The development of the new Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy is also welcome, and I hope it will ensure that the Executive delivers the necessary policies to support victims and survivors. However these strategies must be considered, reflect what is actually needed in society, and they must be fully resourced. It’s also vital that legislation and protection, such as my Safe Leave Bill, is in place to support victims and survivors.”
The public survey on the strategies is open until 7th March: https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/doj/call-for-views-dsa-strategy-vawg-strategy-response/
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