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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (A8-0266/2017 - Christine Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt)

  Diane Dodds (NI). – Mr President, in July, the Department of Justice published statistics which demonstrated that one in eight people in Northern Ireland have suffered domestic violence from a partner. The same survey finds that between 2015 and 2016 victims only reported roughly a third of the worst cases to police. Even more shocking was the fact that three quarters of those serious incidents of abuse occurred within what remained current, active relationships. These are unacceptable figures.

We must do everything in our power to tackle these awful abuses and assist victims to safely and successfully free themselves from abusive domestic environments. It is wrong that the PSNI should currently have to respond to one domestic incident every 19 minutes. I welcome the commitment by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, to bring forward domestic legislation in the form of the domestic violence and abuse bill.

International agreements are fine. However, the greatest priority of legislators should be targeted, local interventions that benefit victims in the hardest—to—reach situations.

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