13 December 2023

Executive Office Launches Consultation for new Victims’ Strategy 

A public consultation period has been launched for the new Victims and Survivors Strategy, on which the Executive Office is seeking input from victims and survivors.  

At the launch, Victims and Survivors Forum members Mary Moreland and Paul McCormac encouraged people to come forward and have their voice heard in shaping the strategy.  

Statement from The Executive Office: 

The Executive Office has today [6 December] launched a public consultation on the new Strategy for Victims and Survivors. 

The new strategy will ensure the right trauma informed and victim centred services are in place to empower and support victims and survivors, and contribute to building a shared and peaceful future. It also sets out the specific areas relating to victims and survivors which will require particular focus during the period of the strategy. 

Launching the consultation, Gareth Johnston, Deputy Secretary, Good Relations and Inclusion, said: “The Executive Office is committed to ensuring that the needs of victims and survivors continue to be met in the most effective and appropriate way. 

“This new strategy aims to build upon the progress we have already made. It marks the latest milestone in improving support for victims and survivors and we would encourage everyone to take part in the consultation to help shape it.” 

Mary Moreland, a UDR veteran and widow of a serving soldier says “The last Strategy was published in 2009. With so much happening right now that affects victims and survivors, it’s time to really take stock of where we have come in the last 14 years and what the needs and issues are in the modern context for Northern Ireland. It’s so important that people take this opportunity to feed into what needs to be done moving forward.” 

Also encouraging responses was Paul McCormac, whose father was a civil servant killed during his public service: “This Strategy spans the next number of years and will really shape the future landscape for victims and survivors. It is so important that they, in particular, use their voice to shape what that future looks like for service delivery, how we address the past and the broader piece of what victims and survivors can do to further reconciliation.” 

The consultation runs for 14 weeks and closes on 13 March 2024. 

Consultation document and further details: https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/consultations/public-consultation-new-strategy-victims-and-survivors 

Online consultation: 

Public Consultation on the New Strategy for Victims and Survivors | The Executive Office (executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk)

Public Consultation on the New Strategy for Victims and Survivors – NI Direct – Citizen Space

 Hard copies of the consultation document, and alternative formats, can be requested by sending an email to [email protected] 

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