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Naoise

Naoise

Name: Naoise O’Boyle
Age: 20
Year of the Fix: 2015
Location: Randalstown, County Antrim
Campaign: To help teachers spot when pupils are experiencing domestic violence

Domestic violence is a topic that my team and I feel very strongly about.

Some of the group are aware of young people who’ve been through this and know that it’s a burden they carry with them not just at home, but also when they go to school.

It’s important that teachers are able to spot when students are experiencing abuse, so they can support them in the classroom.

We’ve worked with Fixers on a film to show that domestic violence can have a lasting impact on the lives of young people.

We hope it will give those who are affected the confidence to speak out, in the knowledge that they’ll be taken seriously and given the help they need.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:

 

Caitlin Magnall-Kearns

Kelli-Marie Timperley

Kyle Jackson

Mary Rafferty

Michaela Connor

Michelle Skelly

Women's Aid

The team at Women’s Aid have been supportive of our Fix. We were able to show our film to an audience at their building in Antrim.

April 2015
We’ve received some really positive feedback since launching our Fixers film. You can read some of the comments we've had below.

‘I am so passionate about this issue as I feel that schools do not take domestic violence seriously and it is an issue that is brushed under the carpet. This film is helping to change that.' 

‘This film deeply affected me as I have experienced the issue myself. I felt I had no-one to talk to and that teachers do not understand the impact of living with domestic violence.' 


‘It really shows that you often don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, but that we all need to be watching out for it.’


'Watching this film made me wonder what pupils in my class might be going through and what I or my teachers could do to help.' 

 
Sean McAuley, St Benedict's College, Randalstown: 'Domestic violence is unacceptable and it is good to be reminded of the vigilance required by teachers who are often the first people to be entrusted with information from pupils.'

 

Sharon Beattie, Safeguarding Board: 'The point of this film needs to be understood by school teachers, not as accusing them of failing to pay attention to the issue of domestic violence, but rather as highlighting the seriousness of the issue and the position of trust that teachers hold in pupil's lives. This often sees them as the first person that the young person might feel able to open up to.'

Winston Pollock, retired primary school principal:‘Regrettably, the resource that these young people have created remains entirely necessary. Teachers at both secondary and even primary level need to be vigilant at all times in regard to all aspects of the welfare of their students. Hopefully, this film will act as a gentle reminder to teachers that they entered such a noble profession not because they want to simply pass on information to young people but because they care for the safe development of those same young people.'

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Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.

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