Young Voices Speak Out on Domestic Violence

17 February, 2011
15 February 2011
Young Voices Speak Out On Domestic Violence
Young people aged from 8-18 over Antrim and Ballymena performed the play ‘Family Portrait: Voice of a Victim’ to a very impressed audience on 31st January, at the Old Courthouse, Antrim. 
Patricia Mullan, Children’s Services Manager, explained why the group decided to focus their energy on the play
“We wanted to give young people a voice about their experiences of domestic violence and highlight our White Ribbon Campaign. With the recent Criminal Justice Inspectorate NI report highlighting PSNI respond to an incident of domestic violence every 21 minutes, we must not forget that behind those statistics there is a family, often with children. It is important we support those children and young people too. Exploring and communicating those experiences via the play was a very positive experience for them and the confidence boost of carrying off a successful performance. We’re very proud of our Young Voices!’
Key messages portrayed in the play were the need for young people to have support networks, to talk to someone about the situation and to any agencies who will provide support and information.
Amongst those in the audience were Antrim Mayor Pam Lewis, Chris St John, PSNI, Stephanie Buchanan, PSNI, Rev. Jack Moore, Stephen Thompson, Norman and Valerie Kenny from Antrim Methodist Church.
Women who are experiencing domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414 or read about our services by visiting
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