Ford praises role of Foyle Woman’s Aid

Justice Minister David Ford has thanked Foyle Woman’s Aid for supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking.

Speaking at the ‘Women on the Margins’ seminar in Derry on Friday, organised by the Foyle Branch of Women’s Aid, David Ford said that it is essential to support victims of these terrible crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.

David Ford said: “A common theme of each of these crimes is that the victims are often reluctant to come forward. But I want victims to know that support is available, in terms of emotional and physical support, as well as assistance in finding their way through the criminal justice system.

“Tackling these crimes and bringing perpetrators to justice requires a real partnership approach. The Department of Justice can not work in isolation and that is why I am thankful to partners such as Woman’s Aid for the work they do each and every day to support victims. They do an incredible job.”

“Devolution is a real opportunity to enhance our partnerships and I welcome the opportunity to be in Derry today to see that partnership approach at work.”

During his trip to Derry, the Minister also visited the Foyle office of the Youth Justice Agency.

The Minister concluded: “I welcome the opportunity to meet staff at the Foyle offices of the Youth Justice Agency. I know they invest considerable time in building links with the local community, especially in encouraging participation in the youth conferencing process and generating many opportunities for reparation activities for the young people.”