“Women’s Aid commends Sir John Gillen and the review team for this thorough exploration of the criminal justice process in sexual violence cases and the culture in which it operates. We are extremely encouraged by many of the recommendations, and by the considered manner in which these recommendations have been made, with reference to rape culture and patriarchal norms that underpin this issue.
We would also like to acknowledge the work of the review team in listening to the views and experiences of victims and survivors of sexual violence. Women’s Aid facilitated a number of meetings between Sir John Gillen and survivors of sexual violence as part of the process. Many participants reported to us that taking part in the review had been an empowering experience for them, and that they felt listened to and their evidence valued.”
You can read Women’s Aid Federation NI full response to the consultation here:
Women’s Aid NI – Written evidence to Gillen Review
You can read the full report here:
Sir John Gillen’s recommendations on the report into the law and procedures in serious sexual offences in Northern Ireland.