South Antrim DUP MLA, Pam Cameron has spoken at the launch of the Women’s Aid 20:20 Vision on Domestic Violence and their 16 Days of Action.
Mrs Cameron commended the work that Women’s Aid ABCLN have done to date in supporting women through what can be an incredibly prolonged, stressful, dangerous period in their lives once they finally reach out for help.
There were 28,287 domestic abuse incidents recorded by PSNI in 2014/15, the highest level recorded since the data series began in 2004/05.
There were 13,426 domestic abuse crimes recorded by the PSNI in 2014/15.
Mrs Cameron, who has worked with Rosemary Magill MBE and Women’s Aid ABCLN for many years raising awareness of domestic violence, described the crime as a “scourge on our society”.
“Domestic violence and abuse manifests its self in many ways, as physical violence, as sexual violence, as mental, emotional and financial abuse,” Mrs Cameron said.
She added: “Domestic violence and abuse affects every age group, every race, religion and class – it knows no boundaries.
“I have worked with Rosemary Magill MBE and Women’s Aid ABCLN for many years, primarily in an attempt to raise awareness of the crime that is domestic violence and was pleased to be able to name them officially as my nominated charity in my Mayoral term in Antrim back in 2010.
“Domestic violence is a scourge on our society and it remains to date to be severely under-reported to police and is still a crime which as a society, we continue to sweep under the carpet, especially within the family circle.”