Violence Against Women and Girls

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 2 November 2021.

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Photo of Kellie Armstrong Kellie Armstrong Alliance 2:30, 2 November 2021

I thank the Minister for her answer and the work that she is doing. As I mentioned, I am the mother of a teenage girl. One issue that has come to light for me is that, when she walks home, she faces indirect violence through street harassment. Street harassment seems to come up more and more often for young women. The Minister will be aware of the ongoing harassment of women outside the John Mitchel Place clinic in Newry, amongst other locations. Does she agree that buffer zones or safe-access zones are necessary to protect young women who are accessing healthcare, as well the staff who provide those services?