Justice Minister, Claire Sugden has opened the Victim Support 35th Anniversary conference, addressing the needs of vulnerable victims, and congratulated the voluntary organisation on their outstanding support to victims and witnesses of crime.
Around 112 volunteers and full time staff deliver support services, advocacy and advice to victims and witnesses when they are involved with criminal justice organisations. They also offer support with Criminal Injuries Compensation and court appearances.
Delivering the keynote address Minister Claire Sugden said: “Victims and witnesses deserve particular support to help them when they positively engage with the criminal justice system.
“The work of Victim Support is vital and last year alone over 39,000 victims had access to Victim Support’s community services.
“I look forward to working with Victim Support NI, in the future, and supporting the delivery of their vital services in helping to reduce the impact of crime.
“I congratulate the volunteers and support staff, past and present, in the positive contribution they have made to the community across Northern Ireland.