Launch of Women’s Aid NI

‘Responsible Reporting Matters’

on Domestic Abuse

Wednesday 25th November 2020

12.15pm – 1.15pm

Virtual Event

Registration Form

To register for this critically important one hour virtual event, that is supported by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), please complete the registration form below:

Event Information

Northern Ireland is currently experiencing the highest levels of domestic abuse incidents since records began.

How the media reports on domestic violence and abuse informs how we as a society respond to it as a criminal act and to how we treat  those who fall victim to it.

Women’s Aid NI, in conjunction with South Eastern Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership, has developed a set of guidelines for the media to ensure the issue is reported in a sensitive and consistent manner.

The Responsible Reporting Matters framework will be launched at this special virtual event on November 25 to coincide with the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the beginning of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Women’s Aid NI greatly values the work of media in reporting this serious issue but feels by working in partnership that even better outcomes in supporting victims, holding perpetrators to account and informing the wider public can be achieved.

The new Women’s Aid NI media guidelines, will help equip you as a journalist with the tools to consistently report matters of domestic violence and abuse in a way which serves the best interests of the victims, holds the perpetrators to account and informs the wider public of this scourge of our society.

The event will feature speakers including BBC Northern Ireland’s Tara Mills and Irish News journalist, Allison Morris as well as:

Frank Mullane, founder of Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) – A centre of excellence for reviews after domestic homicide and for specialist peer support. AAFDA was set-up five years after the murder of Frank’s sister Julia and nephew, William Pemberton.

Marcella Leonard, Director of Leonard Consultancy – Marcella has 30 years’ experience in the areas of psychosexual therapy, child and public protection. As a social worker, Marcella recently held the Chair of the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers and is a Director of the British Association of Social Workers. In 2017, Marcella’s cousin, Connie Leonard was murdered by her former partner before he took his own life.

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