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Childhood Domestic Violence & Abuse

Hear Me, See Me, Keep Me Safe.

Hear Me, See Me, Keep Me Safe’, is a short animation created as part of the Empower kids – Children’s participation project 2021. The years theme was “What matters for children and young people living with domestic violence and abuse”

This multi-agency project facilitated by Barnardos and together with: Cope Domestic Violence service Galway, Mayo women’s support services, Longford women’s link, Meath Women's Refuge and Support Services, Dundalk women’s aid, EPIC, Cuan Saor Domestic Violence service, Dublin safer families, Saoirse Womens refuge and Barnardos TLC KIDZ projects across North Tipp, Limerick/Clare, Cavan/Monaghan engaged with 30 children and young people living with domestic violence and abuse, from around the country.

Watch back the live launch of Hear Me, See Me, Keep Me Safe. 

 

Key note speaker:

Dr. Deirdre Horgan, Senior lecturer (UCC) in Social Policy in the School of Applied Social Studies and whose area of expertise is children’s rights and citizenship, child and youth participation and child welfare and protection.

With contributions from:

  • The children and young people who took part
  • MC: Siobhan Greene, Director of Children's Services, Barnardos
  • Aine Costello, National coordinator of the childhood domestic abuse project with Barnardos 
  • Valerie Gleeson, TLC KIDZ Coordinator for Limerick/Clare
  • Detective Sergeant Laura Sweeney, Garda National Protective Services Bureau - Domestic Abuse Intervention & Policy Unit
  • Joan Mullen, Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence programme manager, Tusla

 

 

Empowering Children: the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Listen back to our conference and hear insights from leading academics and an incredible story of a lived experience of a childhood domestic violence and abuse survivor. 

Keynote speakers include:  

  • Dr Stephanie Holt: Head of School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Katie Lamb: A Research Fellow in the University of Melbourne 
  • Helen Oxenham, a childhood domestic violence and abuse survivor originally from Cork, now living in Australia. Helen has supported women and children for decades who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. 
  • Aine Costello: National coordinator of the childhood domestic abuse project with Barnardos 
  • Joan Mullan: Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence programme manager, Tusla

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