A film produced by a Mayo-based organisation on the impact of domestic abuse on children was launched last week in Dublin Castle, by Emily Logan, ombudsman for children. The film, from MCI Ireland, highlights issues that arise for children in the context of domestic abuse after a couple separates. Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan stressed “the importance of services that not only invest in children and families but that also hear directly from children”, adding that this was the only way “we can get a true understanding of how issues such as domestic violence impact upon them”.
MCI Ireland is a project based in Mayo which supports children and young people who are affected by domestic abuse or family conflict, through prevention, early intervention and advocacy work.
“There is a perception that women and children are safe from domestic abuse after a couple separates, but research clearly indicates that post-separation contact with an abusive father facilitates the ongoing abuse of women and children,” said Helen Mortimer, manager of MCI Ireland.
Copies of the DVD will be sent to children’s organisations, refuges and those working in the area of domestic abuse, child protection, custody, access and in child contact centres.
MCI Ireland is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and is governed and supported by the Society of St Vincent de Paul. This film was made with the support of the Community Foundation for Ireland’s Grassroots grants scheme.