3rd march 1999
Violence Forum meets local solicitors
Down District Domestic Violence Forum met with local solicitors this week to
discuss recent developments aimed at tackling domestic violence.
The Forum’s members represent community, voluntary and statutory
agencies all seeking to address the impact of domestic violence on the lives of
women, children and on the community.
meeting with solicitors is particularly relevant at this time in the lead up to
the implementation of the new Family
Homes and Domestic Violence (NI) Order later this Spring.
Solicitors frequently provide a service to women seeking protection from
violent partners and an understanding of the new legislation is vital for all
support agencies. It is hoped to
discuss the legislation at future meetings to monitor its impact.
violence affects women from all backgrounds, in every community across Northern
Ireland. The effects of physical
and emotional abuse are far reaching and may take a very long time to overcome.
Agencies in the voluntary and statutory sectors are keen to work together
to ensure that the most effective support is available to women seeking help.
The Down District Domestic Violence Forum is one way of ensuring
co-operation at a local level. One of its aims is to raise awareness of domestic violence
locally and to offer training in effective ways of addressing the needs of
response of local solicitors to the Forum is very positive and plans for further
joint working are underway.
who would like to talk in confidence about domestic violence may phone Northern
Ireland Women’s Aid Federation 24hour Helpline