The redress scheme is open to those who were under 18 and a resident in an institution in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995, and who suffered or witnessed any form of abuse.
“I am relieved to see that the Executive Office has launched their campaign to ensure those victims and survivors still living in Northern Ireland know what support, services and redress is available, and where they can be accessed,” Nuala said.
“The scale of this issue and the amount of people whose lives have been affected cannot be understated. They have waited long enough to see official recognition given of what they’ve endured, so this is an important move in the right direction.
“I would like to thank Fiona Ryan, the Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse, and her office for ensuring that an international awareness initiative could also be launched. We know that many individuals who experienced or witnessed abuse in these institutions have left Northern Ireland and live across the world, so it is crucial that as many people can be reached as possible.
“I would urge anyone, regardless of where they are currently living, who believes they may be eligible for redress to contact the Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse, who will be able to provide advice and guidance on how to apply.
“I would also urge anyone impacted to get in touch with the Victims and Survivors Service, who can provide resources and specialist support to those who may need them.”