Don’t Silence the Violence launch

Date: 
14 March, 2014

Press Release

Friday, 14 March 2014
 
Adeline Frew(Women’s Aid ABCLN Committee Member), Karen Orchin (Head of Community Relations, JTI UK), Jonathan Simmance (Ulster Orchestra), Pam Cameron MLA, Joe Kennedy (Causeway Media), Fran O’Boyle (Services Manager, Women’s Aid ABCLN) and Chief Superintendent Michelle Larmour (PSNI)

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) launched its new film, Don’t Silence the Violence, today (10 March) at The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont. This event was sponsored by Pam Cameron MLA. The film was produced to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The film has been funded by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) and produced in collaboration with The Ulster Orchestra, Causeway Media and a group of Women’s Aid ABCLN Service Users. It illustrates the harrowing cycle of abuse a woman experiences at the hands of her violent partner. What’s extraordinary about this film is that the actors’ voices have been muted out. The only sound is that of the gripping soundtrack composed and performed by The Ulster Orchestra.

The launch coincides with International Women’s Day 2014 on 8th March. Inspiring Change is the 2014 global theme for International Women’s Day and encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women's equality and vigilance inspiring positive change. This is exactly what Women’s Aid ABCLN aims to achieve with the release of this short film. Women’s Aid ABCLN wants to challenge and break down the barriers that result in women staying in abusive relationships and keeping silent about the abuse.

Health Minister Edwin Poots who attended the event commented:
“I am well aware of the traumatic impact that domestic violence and abuse has on the lives of victims and their families.  The Women’s Aid Federation and local Women’s Aid groups have been at the forefront in tackling domestic violence in a positive and empowering manner.  “Don’t Silence the Violence” is yet another example of this.  It is a moving and profound testament to the strength and courage of those who have experienced violence and abuse at the hands of those they trusted and loved.  I hope that this film will bring us one step closer to breaking that silence.”

 “It is their film. It is their story,” explains Jonathan Simmance, Ulster Orchestra who worked on the project along with his colleague Sam Staunton. He adds, “I  have  had  my eyes  opened  to  the  realities  and  prevalence  of  domestic abuse, and I am honoured to have worked on this film, so that many more people can also be enlightened.”

Joe Kennedy from Causeway Media who was the film maker for the project said ‘Through a number of workshops the women creatively shaped the process from beginning to end, fine tuning almost every aspect of the film. This project has been an emotional journey for everyone involved and I would truly like to thank the women for sharing their experiences, their creative voice and most of all their trust.’

Don’t Silence the Violence is available to view on Women’s Aid website www.womens-aid.org.uk  and also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6anD52IxKoE

For more information on Women’s Aid, visit http://www.womens-aid.org.uk
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For media enquiries please e-mail Bronagh.oboyle@womensaidabcln.org or call 07835309793

•    Support can be accessed by calling The Naomi Centre on 02825 632136 or the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414 (Open to all women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence). Alternatively read about our services by visiting www.womens-aid.org.uk
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