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Call to tackle domestic violence
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The federation is worried the issue is not being taken seriously enough
The government must do more to address the problem of domestic violence against women in Northern Ireland, a leading welfare organisation has urged.

The Women's Aid Federation has said that abuse affects women of all ages and backgrounds in the province.

Federation director Hilary Sidwell said she was worried the issue was not being taken seriously enough.

"How many women must die before domestic violence is addressed by the government?" she said.

"Women who are abused come from every possible background, financial situation, age range and live in every area of Northern Ireland.

"Domestic abuse devastates women's lives and severely affects children, families and the wider community."

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