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Year 6 Action Plan published

Ministers for Health, Justice, Communities, Education and Finance have also published the Year 6 Action Plan for the seven year Stopping Domestic & Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland strategy as well as a progress report for Year 5 (2020/21).

Key actions for the Year 6 Action Plan include:

  • Domestic abuse and civil proceedings bill to become operational by end of 2021.
  • Continuing to develop the Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (‘IRIS’) training and support programme with general practice;
  • Introducing a new Advocacy Support Service for victims of domestic and sexual abuse;
  • Bringing forward regulations to enable the introduction of Operation Encompass;
  • Establishing an Early Intervention cross departmental working group;
  • Commissioning research to consider the extension of the Sanctuary Scheme;
  • Preparatory work on developing legislation on Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Orders;
  • Introducing Sexual Offences Legal Advisors to provide general legal advice to victims of serious sexual offences;
  • Delivering early intervention Domestic Abuse Behavioural Change Programmes regionally;



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