Violence due to the Troubles in one way or another has affected most people in Northern Ireland with over 3,600 people killed and many more injured since 1969. The Ceasefires in 1994 have led to drastic decreases in violence, however a study of widows recently showed that even 30 years after the loss, many still find it difficult to come to terms with their traumatic bereavement.
A large number of voluntary groups have been formed to help people affected by the Troubles by offering a wide range of services.
Aims of the PAVE Project
1 - The establishment of a detailed categorisation of therapeutic services offered to people affected by the Troubles in Northern Ireland;
2 - To explore the effectiveness of some of the most commonly used therapeutic services in regard to achieving their set aims/goals;
3 - To encourage collaboration through sharing and dissemination of outcomes of this research.
Phase 1: Categorisation of therapeutic services offered to people affected by violence;
Phase 2: Exploration of effectiveness of different therapeutic services for people affected by violence.
In this research issues related to the Death, Individual, Social, and Cultural (D.I.S.C) context are considered.
Dr Karola Dillenburger, Principal Investigator
Mrs Rym Akhonzada, Research Co-ordinator
Ms Montserrat Fargas, Research Fellow
Dr Mickey Keenan, External Scientific Advisor
This research is sponsored by the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety with resources provided under OFMDFM Victims Unit Strategy Implementation Fund.
School of Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Work
Queen’s University Belfast
6 College Park
Belfast BT7 1LP
Pictured at the launch of the PAVE report in the Council chambers on Friday 10 March 2007 from left: Montserrat Fargas (Research Fellow); Dr Brandon Hamber (Keynote speaker at launch); Dr Karola Dillenburger (Principal Investigator), Rym Akhonzada (Research Co-ordinator); John Clarke (Head of Victims Unity, OFMDFM).