On the 1st December 2020, the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) launched a new service dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA).
The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019 was enacted for anyone who has suffered abuse as a child whilst resident in an institution (e.g. a children’s home, borstal or training school) in Northern Ireland at any time between 1922 and 1995 (inclusive).
We have designed our services with HIA groups and others to make sure they are survivor-led, accessible and responsive. We know these services may need to change over time and we look forward to learning and adapting to meet the unique needs of survivors of HIA.
We are working with WAVE Trauma Centre and Advice NI to deliver a range of support and services regionally across NI. We also ensure that victims living outside of NI have access to the support and services that they need. This includes dedicated health and wellbeing caseworkers, counselling, complementary therapies, disability aids, persistent pain and a range of other social and welfare support.
Call us on 028 9031 1678
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org