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Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what role the Police Service of Northern Ireland plays in counselling and advising victims of domestic abuse; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of that role. (207759)

Uniformed officers attending domestic incidents will speak to the victim to inquire about the circumstances that lead to the reporting of the incident. In following up incidents, Domestic Abuse Officers will signpost the victim to relevant agencies, according to his or her needs. Police officers do not counsel victims of domestic abuse, but provide information and refer them to more appropriate support agencies, such as Women’s Aid, the Men’s Advisory Project or Victim Support.