By VIEW editor Brian Pelan
Since the launch of VIEW magazine in January 2012, we have attempted to shine a light on pressing social issues in Northern Ireland. Suicide Prevention; Education, Housing, Health, and Prisons and Justice are just a few of the subjects we have covered.
A common thread has emerged – the wonderful spirit of the staff, activists and volunteers engaged in these areas despite funding cuts and austerity.
Our 46th issue of VIEW will go online on International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8.
The theme is Domestic Violence. We believe that society can do a lot more to effectively tackle the abuse of women by their male partners.
Last year alone, according to the latest PSNI figures, 29, 400 domestic abuse incidents were recorded in Northern Ireland.
Green Party NI MLA Clare Bailey, who has written a comment article in our Domestic Abuse issue, writes: “It is time we showed zero tolerance to domestic and sexual violence. We need decent domestic violence and coercive control legislation similar to that in other regions in Great Britain, swift and harsh sentencing of perpetrators, and adequately resourced specialist support services for victims, survivors and their families.”
Other articles in this issue include interviews with Judith Gillespie, former Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI and Judge Barney McElholm,
Guest editor for the issue is Kelly Andrews, Chief Executive of Belfast-Lisburn Women’s Aid. Her organisation has supported this issue, along with Radius Housing.
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