The Health and Justice Ministers have today published a report on the outcome of a Call for Views launched earlier this year to inform the development of a new Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy.
Welcoming publication of the report, the Health Minister said: “We received 91 written submissions and 661 online surveys were completed. This was a significant response reflective of the considerable interest and importance placed in tackling domestic and sexual abuse. I would like to thank all of the individuals and organisations for taking the time to respond.”
Justice Minister Naomi Long said: “I am encouraged by the expertise and knowledge that has been provided by our voluntary and statutory sector partners and most importantly the lived experience that has been shared. Respondents were very clear on the issues that are important to them. These views will be vital in helping to shape our new Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy, to raise awareness, support victims and address offending behaviour.”
The Call for Views closed on 21 March. A further public consultation will take place on the draft Strategy later in the year.
Notes to editors:
2. Engagement on the Call for Views lasted for ten weeks. The call for views paper, covering both a Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy and a Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, is available at Call for Views – Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy and Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and Consultation - New Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy and Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy | Department of Health (health-ni.gov.uk)
3. The Domestic and Sexual Abuse (DSA) helpline is available 24/7, for both men and women on 0808 8021414. It’s free and confidential.
4. Web chat is also available at dsahelpline.org (external link opens ina new window / tab) or email
6. Emotional and practical support is available from Victim Support NI if you have been affected by any type of crime. Contact the Belfast Hub on 028 9024 3133 or email. Contact the Foyle Hub on 028 7137 0086 or email.
7. If you need help from the police call 101. In an emergency always call 999. If you are scared to speak, a 'silent solution' exists to press 55 when prompted. This allows police to know it is a genuine emergency.
8. Department of Health media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Health Press Office via email.
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