This report provides an overview of the scale and nature of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. Our definition of sectarian violence includes acts of violence, harassment and intimidation perpetrated by members of the Protestant/Unionist/ Loyalist communities on members of the Catholic/Nationalist/Republican communities and vice versa. The primary interest is in acts of non-militarised violence, including attacks on both persons and property, rather than on acts committed by members of paramilitary organisations. However, sectarian violence
does include acts of extreme violence and may involve paramilitary activity.
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