Lyttle calls on OFMDFM action over redress for victims and survivors

Alliance East Belfast candidate Chris Lyttle has called upon the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) to prioritise a redress scheme for victims and survivors of historic child abuse.
Mr Lyttle said the victims and survivors, who recently launched a report at Parliament Buildings seeking the establishment of such a system, had waited long enough for compensation and other services for the trauma they had suffered.

“The victims and survivors deserve help in gaining financial compensation, counselling, accessing family members and of course a full apology for the sexual, physical and emotional abuse they suffered,” he said.

“Such redress has been recommended by the Chair of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to redress, it would mark a major step to helping them get on with their lives.

“OFMDFM needs to make this issue a priority – there is now nothing stopping the First Minister and Deputy First Minister beginning to engage with victims and survivors on this issue.”
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