Belfast Telegraph

Increase in NI survivors seeking help

By Michael McHugh

The number of people accessing victims and survivors services in Northern Ireland is increasing by 29% a year, the Victims' Commissioner said.

Many are only now realising that their experience during years of violence was not normal, Judith Thompson added.

As people age or leave the security forces and reflect on their lives they are more likely to come forward, she told MPs.

"We have a growing demand and resources which have helpfully been protected but which are not adequate to address the need for reparations, mental health, trauma support and need for ongoing services including those with physical disabilities."

Ms Thompson gave evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at Westminster which is investigating the work of the commission.

She said victims were at a critical point in Northern Ireland as the Stormont House and Fresh Start deals are rolled out to address the legacy of the past.

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