Interventions should be carried out to tackle ‘rape myths’ in the justice system, says Blair

Alliance MLA John Blair has said interventions should be carried out to tackle ‘rape myths’ throughout the justice system, including in policing. The Policing Board member said incorrect beliefs about sexual crime impact upon policing, adding the police response to sexual assault reports and incidents should be regularly reviewed and assessed as a result. Mr […]

Long: Removing profits an important tool in fight against organised crime

Removing the proceeds of crime is a powerful tool when it comes to disrupting the activities of organised crime groups, Naomi Long has said. The Alliance Justice Minister was speaking as she begins the process of bringing Northern Ireland into line with legislative provisions elsewhere. Four Northern Ireland codes of practice issued under the Proceeds of […]

Long tells Secretary of State media briefing on amnesty showed callous and cavalier attitude towards victims and survivors

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has told the Secretary of State the briefing to media about UK Government plans to rule out future prosecutions in Troubles-related cases showed a “callous and cavalier attitude” towards the victims and survivors of the Troubles. Mrs Long made the comments to Brandon Lewis during a meeting today ahead of […]

Long: Today’s announcement an important milestone for victims and survivors

Alliance Justice Minister Naomi Long MLA has welcomed today’s announcement by Mr Justice McAlinden of his intention to open the Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme for applications from 30 June 2021. She said: “I have said from the outset, when I agreed my Department could be designated to administer the scheme, I shared the frustration of […]

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers a reminder that no one should receive second-class treatment

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said that the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is a reminder that no one should receive second class treatment when accessing public services. The South Belfast MLA said: “No one should experience physical harm or discrimination in accessing the public services they require, and this […]

Domestic abuse victims collateral damage of those playing games with vital legislation, says Bradshaw

Domestic abuse victims are the collateral damage of “playing political games” with vital legislation, Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has said. Ms Bradshaw was speaking after Justice Minister Naomi Long was forced to postpone the Further Consideration stage of the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill in the Assembly. It comes after Ms Long, alongside Finance Minister Conor […]

Alliance: No woman should suffer abuse in silence

Alliance Party MLAs have come together to say enough is enough on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, as concerns continue to grow on the impact on women throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Kick starting 16 days of activism, MLAs Naomi Long, Paula Bradshaw and Kellie Armstrong have said it is up to […]